Lomasumi'nangwtukwsiwmani: Strengthening Communities Through Collaborative Actions
May 28, 2012 marked the 25th Anniversary of The Hopi Foundation!
The Hopi Foundation (HF) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization incorporated in 1987 in the State of Arizona and is located on the Hopi Reservation.
For 25 years we have been encouraging and restoring a culture of self-sufficiency and proactive community participation through our mission of Helping People Help Themselves. The Hopi name Lomasumi'nangwtukwsiwmani, signifies the process of furthering unity of aspiration blossoming into full maturity over time.
We believe in attending to the community in which we live and in the skills of our people. The Foundation serves a population of 12,000 Hopi across twelve villages on the Hopi Reservation and other Indian tribes and indigenous societies.
The Hopi Foundation supports local grassroots community initiatives through sponsorship with the intent of growing capacity so that one day the programs can stand on their own.
CURRENT COMMUNITY PROJECTS INCLUDE (View project pages below for more details):
Hopi Leadership Program – “Growing A New Generation of Hopi Leaders & Professionals”, through a 15-month program established in 2006, HLP 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.
HOPI Substance Abuse Prevention Center – “We believe in honoring ourselves by living an honest, sober balanced life.” Established in 2003, the Center provides mentoring services to individuals of all ages as well as prevention education within the community.
KUYI 88.1 FM Hopi 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. KUYI streams online worldwide at www.kuyi.net
Natwani Coalition - "Working towards preserving and Restoring the healthy food system and agriculture traditions of the Hopi and Tewa People" Established in 2004, the Natwani Coalition hosts the Hopi Food and Agricultural Symposium every two years, provides technical assistance to local farming projects, along with grants to local farmers and recently launched a local traveling exhibit of historic farming photos.
Owl & Panther Project – Established in 1995, this projects provides quality expressive arts programing and community for refugee families impacted by torture, trauma and traumatic dislocation who have been resettled in Tucson, AZ.
In addition, The Hopi Foundation has endowment funds that support long-term investments of our mission through partnership with the Arizona Community Foundation who manages our endowment funds. www.owlandpanther.org
Among the Hopi, to give (maqa) has been at the heart of our society and social compact since time immemorial. The honor of giving means respecting and honoring both the giver and the recipient. In Hopi culture, giving is reciprocal, binding individuals and groups to each other and the spiritual realm. Work is a gift based on kinship and gender. Hopi people build their homes with sumi'nangwa, all together, and nami'nangwa, mutual concern for others welfare. The very cornerstone of Hopi society is the exchange of mutually beneficial gifts, and relationships reconfigured by those exchanges. Gifts are communications in a language of social belonging.
The Barbara Chester Award - In honor of the life and work of Dr. Barbara Chester this international award was established as the World's First Anti-Torture Award. It is awardedt outstanding clinicians and practitioners who treat survivors of torture, their families and communities. This award calls attention to such abuses and draw worldwide support for prevention of torture and associated trauma. barbarachesteraward.org
To learn more about The Hopi Foundation, visit our website at: www.hopifoundation.org