Foundation Programs

Hopi Leadership Program
Established in 2006, this program provides instructional leadership strategies to help local leaders grow, expand, and survive transitions in leadership and build sustainable operations to more effectively provide resources and services to the Hopi community.

KUYI 88.1 FM Hopi Public Radio
Established in 2000, KUYI became the first radio station on the Hopi Reservation to provide access to information on local issues, weather and public safety, local sports broadcasting, and tribal music, language and culture. Hopi Language Project was developed in 2007 to promote the use and teaching of the language; scripts are developed and voiced by community volunteers who speak various dialects of the Hopi language.

Natwani Coalition

Established in 2004, the Natwani Coalition started its collaboration between multiple Hopi organizations dedicated to the preservation and restoration of traditional Hopi food and farming practices. This project hosts the Hopi Food and Agricultural Symposium every two years, provides technical assistance to local farming projects and recently launched a local traveling exhibit of historic farming photos.

HOPI Substance Abuse Prevention Center
Established in 2002 by a group of local individuals in substance abuse recovery to increase the availability of community-based mentoring and educational services. The Center’s provides mentoring and prevention education on the Hopi reservation to individuals and groups of all ages.

Owl & Panther Youth Project
Owl and Panther (O&P) is an anti-violence prevention project initiated the “Writing from the Darkness Project” which is a special creative writing, counseling program for at-risk children affected by torture, traumatic dislocation, refugee status or other family factors. The project was established in 1997 with the Center for Prevention & Resolution of Violence, (CPRV). CPRV was located in Tucson, Arizona and provided social, legal and educational services to refugees who are victims of torture. The Center closed its doors in 2009 while the Owl & Panther Project continues its work with children and families of refugees.
The Hopi Opportunity Youth Initiative (HOYI) focuses on our community’s most at-risk youth between the ages of 14 to 26 who are not actively engaged in school or in the workforce. The goal of the Initiative is to bring together community members and organizations that will promote positive change and explore opportunities to help strengthen support for Hopi and Tewa youth living on and off the reservation.

Other HF programs

Community and Nonprofit Capacity Building Services
The Hopi Foundation provides training and capacity building for local nonprofit and tribal organizations. This aspect of The Hopi Foundation includes development in culturally based research in areas of fundraising, nonprofit development and community organizing.

Hopi Foundation Endowment Funds
The Hopi Foundation Endowment was established in December of 1994. The Endowment has steadily grown from $20,000 to over $1,000,000 and is managed by the Arizona Community Foundation.

Archeological Preservation Training
This training program is developed in partnership with a National Park Service and The Hopi Tribe Office of Cultural Preservation to support the education of young Hopi members on site preservation and documentation techniques for ancestral archaeological sites in the State of Utah.

Literacy Development Project at Hopi
This project is an outgrowth of the Hopiikwa Lavaytutuveni (Hopi Language Dictionary) Project which resulted in the Hopi Tribe's first comprehensive dictionary published in 1998. This project was established to maintain and enhance the vitality of the Hopi language in the community.

Kiiyamuy Technical Guides
Published in 1996, nine technical guides were made available to the Hopi villages and clans to provide instruction for preservation of traditional Hopi pueblo structures.

Past Projects & Micro-enterprises 
  • Clan Home & Piki House Restoration Project – A project devoted to the preservation of 800 year-old village clan homes including the Shungopavi Snow Clan home, the Walpi Fire Clan home, and the Mishongnovi Snake Clan home.  In addition, several piki houses (small homes where traditional Hopi bread is made) have been restored in the villages of Bacavi and Upper Moenkopi. This project produced the First technical guides published for Hopi structural preservation entitled “Kiiyamuy Technical Guides” still in use today by the Hopi community.
  • Beginnurz Hoyam – This pilot program provided Hopi language classes to Hopi adults with little to no fluency to help strengthen the support system for children/grandchildren who were being taught in school. Three courses each a different teaching styles were offered: immersion, literacy methods, and interactive language instruction.  The intent of the program was to preserve, revitalize and maintain our Hopi language and to serve as a model for other communities and villages to develop their respective language programs. 6-week courses were held in Fall 2010.
  • Three Mesas Productions – This project provided an opportunity for youth to learn Hopi history and language through the performing arts. Youth participants used puppet theater to share traditional Hopi children’s stories to entertain and teach in the Hopi language. Performances were held for two seasons in 2007 & 2008 in several villages throughout the Hopi reservation for the youth and elder communities.
  • The Center for the Prevention and Resolution of Violence – The Center located in Tucson, AZ provided social, legal and educational services to individuals who are victims of torture until it closed in 2006.
  • Gentle Rain Designs – A micro enterprise designed garments out of eco-spun material and developed by and for local women seamstresses.  This project included a small retail shop for developing hands on business skills. This project closed in 2004.
  • Native Sun Solar Project– A micro enterprise that provided alternative energy systems to rural and isolated areas in northern Arizona.  NativeSun was transferred to an independent profit business enterprise in 2002.
  • Hopi Language Initiatives – The Hopi Literacy Development Project and the Summer Language Program were sponsored by the late Dr. Emory Sekaquaptewa. The Literacy Development project was an outgrowth of the Hopiikwa Lavaytutuveni (Hopi Language Dictionary) published in 1998 to maintain and enhance the vitality of the Hopi language in the community and the Summer Language program taught by village members served as a Hopi immersion program that utilizes natural places of learning including gardens, villages and trails.
  • PFC. Lori Piestewa Scholarship Fund – The fund was created in 2003 in partnership with Arizona Community Foundation and the Tuba City Community Foundation in memory of Army Pfc. Piestewa’s service and commitment to her country is a permanent endowment to help Native Americans with their college education.
  • Community Development Corporation – an initiative of the Hopi Foundation to establish a Hopi CDC that will work to encourage a Hopi economic system.