The Hopi Tribe declared a state of emergency March 23. For the health and safety of the whole tribe, Hopis are being advised to stay in their homes on their remote reservation in northeastern Arizona.
“Hopi Faith”. This basket of medicinal items is a well wishing for everyone by Hopi artist Fil Kewanyama who says: This symbolizes a positive message that you will have faith in a good outcome. The Earth will heal itself and we will be OK.
Gatherings are prohibited.
Villages are closed to non-residents and security checkpoints are in place.
Many Hopi people are in need of hygiene supplies and groceries.
A few of the villages have small stores. However, those who have vehicles to travel to them, find mostly empty shelves. The nearest major stores are 60 to 90 minutes away in the cities of Flagstaff or Winslow, Arizona.
Stores on the adjacent Navajo Reservation also have insufficient supplies. In addition, the Navajo Nation is closed to visitors because all of Navajoland is impacted by coronavirus cases.
The Hopi Tribe is a sovereign nation of more than 1.5 million acres. There are 12 Hopi villages on three mesas.
Hopi youth are out of school and most do not have home internet access. Few Wifi hotspots exist across the entire 1.5 million acres of the Hopi nation.
Hopi has about 19,000 enrolled members; about 9,000 Hopis live on the reservation. 280 covid cases have been identified at Hopi as of 7-13-20.
Navajo has about 298,000 enrolled members; over 173,000 Dine live on the reservation. Navajo has 8,734 cases, 432 confirmed deaths as of 7-23-20.
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HOPI FAMILY SUPPORT PROJECT DURING CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY
updated July 7, 2020
1. New project: Food and Hygiene Supplies Needed to support Hopi people in the traditional Village of Shungopavi.
A concerned group from the Hopi village of Shungopavi see the coronavirus is spreading fast and are concerned about the safety of people in their village. There have been 77 active cases in Shungopavi (as of 7-13-20).
“We are reaching out for supplies for the village that will sustain life and the health of our people. We want to have all the necessities they need on hand so we can secure the village and do our best to kill the virus in our village. This will allow people to stay in place and not leave the village for as long as needed.” (Shungopavi Cultural Arts spokesman)
“Today, Shungopavi is the sole remaining Hopi Village that still maintains and performs the complete Traditional Ceremonial Cycle. It is the last Sovereign Hopi Village with a fully Initiated Kikmongwi with all of the original Highly Initiated Religious Leaders that complete the full yearly Ceremonial Cycle.”
(source: Village of Shungopavi website).
2. We have been shipping boxes of hygiene, food supplies and youth learning supplies to Hopi families and elders in several villages since mid-March and will continue that as funds are available.
Hopi community volunteers provide us shipping addresses for families and seniors in need. And the Hopi recipients are very appreciative to receive these boxes.
2. Activities for Hopi youth, who are out of school, are also important. For example, we send personalized, age-specific art, learning supplies and other in-home activities to households.
3. The main employment, selling Hopi art, is impacted as tourism is not happening. We invite opportunities for Hopis to make linkages to sell their art with the outside world.
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HOPI TRIBE INFORMATION
The Hopi Tribe Emergency Operations Center
HERC is now set up and operating out of the Hopi Veteran’s Memorial Center site in Kykotsmovi, Arizona.
This is the staging area for bulk emergency supplies shipped to the Hopi Tribe through federal, state and private sources.
928-734-3661 or 928-734-3663.
Operational hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.
Hopi Foundation Emergency Assistance Fund
The Hopi Foundation has established a fund to provide assistance to those in need during emergency situations.
The Hopi Foundation is a non-governmental, Hopi-operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit that focuses on strengthening the community by improving the skills and resources of its community members.
“Their Emergency Assistance Fund is just one of several services provided by The Hopi Foundation. Many of the services their programs provide — substance abuse mentoring, farming workshops, leadership trainings, free tax services — are stalled with the current quarantine policies.
One of their programs, KUYI – Hopi Radio, is at the front lines of providing Hopi communities with current and important news regarding COVID-19.”
(source: Hopi-Navajo Observer, 4-24-20)
“The Hopi Foundation Emergency Assistance Fund offers aid to local villages, organizations and individuals with the intent to distribute supplies and resources to groups in critical need, such as low-income households, elders, single-parents, those with disabilities, or people with little-to-no access to transportation.”
(source: The Hopi Foundation)
“Since time immemorial the Hopi people have lived in Hopitutskwa and have maintained our sacred covenant with Maasaw, the ancient caretaker of the earth, to live as peaceful and humble farmers respectful of the land and its resources. Over the centuries we have survived as a tribe, and to this day have managed to retain our culture, language and religion despite influences from the outside world.”
source: Hopi Tribe official site