This "Hopi Springs Activity" is a continuation of the 2014 Hopi
Tribe/Kaibab National Forest Springs Restoration Project partnership
between the Hopi Tribe Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Program (WIOA), Hopi Cultural Preservation Office and The Kaibab
On July 27 and 28, Hopi Youth, along with adult professionals
and volunteers attempted to fulfill an ambitious agenda of working
alongside one another and spending time to clean up around some
of our Hopi Village Springs. Youth, ages 6-24 from the Hopi Workforce
Innovation and Opportunity Act Program, Hopi Tutsqua Permaculture
Program and village youth volunteers, all participated! In addition
to the work aspect, the participants were provided, throughout,
with discussion about the importance of our springs, water and our
environment, making healthy choices and positive contributions to
our society, the importance of Higher Education and Career Pathways
and many other noteworthy topics!
Village Spring and Trail Repair Project
Presentations were provided by Beatrice Norton at Oriabi Village,
Leonard Talaswaima at Sipaulovi Village, Stanford Lomakema at Shungopovi
Village, Hopi Tribe Water Resources Program, Hopi Cultural Preservation
Office, Range Conservation and Range Management Program, Kaibab
National Forest Officials and WIOA. Ideas for future preservation
efforts and scientific data was also shared and exchanged between
Tribal Program officials and National Forest officials. Lunch meals
were graciously provided by the Village of Bacavi and the Village
of Shungopovi! Over the course of two days; existing terrace garden
plots were cleared, trash removed from the areas and trees cut down
and removed where they were encroaching on terrace areas and sucking
valuable water sources, trail work was also done. In a couple of
cases one spring that was dry was cleaned and re-dug in hopes of
pooling water once again and in another case, the boys removed debris
from a manmade concrete water catchment or cistern. We applaud all
youth participants for their hard work and dedication as well as
those that supported our youth, and continue to teach and acknowledge
the importance of our Hopi Springs.
The group did work at Hotevilla Village with 37 participants,
Bacavi Village with 42 participants and Shungopovi Village with
52 participants! In addition we visited the solid rock cisterns
at Oraibi Village and spring sites at Sipaulovi, and Mishungnovi
Villages. The group had also planned to visit some springs in the
First Mesa area but unfortunately, the activity time expired.
We would like to acknowledge the Hopi Tribe Department of Natural
Resources; Nikishna Polequaptewa, Advancing Communities; First Mesa
Youth Center; Health Choice Integrated Care/NARBHA; Hopi Opportunity
Youth Initiative and Hotevilla Store for their contributions!
Kaibab National Forest officials will be presenting the 2015
"Rise to the Future Award", before Hopi Tribal Council to the Hopi
Cultural Preservation Office and Hopi WIOA on August 22 @ 3:30 pm
in the Tribal Council chambers.
This national-level award is for "Tribal Accomplishments" related
to the Big Springs and Castle Springs Restoration Project on the
North Kaibab Plateau, which highlighted the ecological importance
of natural springs as well as their cultural significance to tribes.
This award is given for excellence and leadership in fisheries,
hydrology, soil science and air programs.
Plans are currently being developed to host another Springs
Restoration project on the Tonto National Forest in early October
of this year!