Masayumptewa installed as new Park Superintendent
at Hubbell Trading Post a National Park.(photo courtesy of
the Office of the Chairman of the Hopi Tribe)
On a cool, fall day under rustling cottonwood trees, Lloyd Masayumptewa
was installed as new Superintendent, at the National Park Service,
Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, Arizona.
Masayumptewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe and paa is wungwa,
is a farmer and rancher on the Hopi Reservation. He was joined by
his mother, wife and sister at the Installation Ceremony. Also in
attendance were Hopi Tribal Council Representatives: Lamar Keevama,
Miona Kaping, staff of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman's offices,
Friends of Hubbell Trading Post, Ganado Chapter and National Park
Service staff from other surrounding parks were in attendance.
Masayumptewa has a BA and MA in Anthropology and Archaeology.
He was employed with the Flagstaff Parks as an Archaeology Technician
in 1998 and was promoted as Chief of Natural Resources at the Navajo
National Monument in 2010.
In an opening statement, the NPS Group Supervisor said, "Masayumptewa's
new job is unique as he has the responsibility to preserve and protect
a historic property as well as continue operations of an active
historic trading post relevant to the community. The challenge will
be to balance unique challenges and be creative. Lloyd is the guy
to do this."
American Indian Service Specialist Otis HalfMoon, (Nez Pierce),
spoke of his personal and professional relationship with Masayumptewa.
HalfMoon said there is a voluntary group of Native American
National Park Service (NPS) professionals who make up an organization
called The Circle. Their mission is to hire and retain Native American
NPS staff. The Circle is comprised Native Americans from the lower
48 states, Alaska, and Hawaii. Halfmoon said these individuals wear
two hats: One is protecting, preserving and advocating the traditional
culture of Tribes, and the other is the green-gray hat of the NPS;
they walk in two worlds. They make up a unique leadership group
and serve as role models for youth.
"The National Park Service needs new leadership as Superintendents.
Lloyd shows that leadership. I am honored to call you my friend,"
Hopi Chairman Herman G. Honanie, who was unable to attend the
event, sent a congratulatory letter read by Councilman Keevama:
"You have attained a huge responsibility but which no doubt you
are well prepared to perform. There will be challenges but with
your professional capability, confidence and experience you will
meet these challenges. Please look to the Hopi Tribe for assistance
and guidance in your professional development so that a strong and
positive relationship will be developed with the National Park Service."
Vince James, Ganado Chapter President spoke in the Navajo language
and stated that the Chapter is emphasizing the use of the Navajo
language in the community for the children. This change will include
signage in the Navajo language. He encourages the new Superintendent
work with the community on youth work-learn projects and summer
youth programs in farming and history of the trading post. For the
elderly he requests assistance for weavers and maintaining the trading
James said, "Have courage and keep your head up with your family
at your side."
"I am speechless; you have set the bar and expectations very
high. I don't want to disappoint anyone," said Masayumptewa. "I
will need your guidance, support and ideas." Masayumptewa pledged
outreach to the local community and other tribes to work together.
The Hopi Tribe is proud of Masayumptewa's accomplishment!
Trading Post NHS
The squeaky wooden floor greets your entry into the oldest operating
trading post on the Navajo Nation. When your eyes adjust to the
dim light in the "bullpen" you find youve just entered
a mercantile. Hubbell's has been serving Ganado selling groceries,
grain, hardware, horse tack, coffee and Native American Art since
1878. Discover Hubbell Trading Post NHS, where history is made every