Closure of Phoenix Indian High School opens door for local youth programs

A total of twenty-eight local schools, villages and programs serving Hopi youth recently received funds generated from the Arizona Inter Tribal Trust Fund. The Trust Fund was established from the “monetary proceeds” paid to the United States by the Collier Enterprises as part of the purchase of the land on which former Phoenix Indian High School (PIHS) sits.

The Hopi Tribe became eligible to receive the first payment of $400,000,00 in the Fall of 1999. After careful consideration and deliberation, the Hopi Tribal Council proposed to utilize the funds to distribute equitably among the villages and schools throughout the reservation. Recognizing that not all villages were ready to implement youth programs, the Council Resolution included provisions to redistribute funds that were not requested for through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process. As a result a diverse group of reservation-wide entities serving youth received funding to support their programs and projects.

During it’s operation, the Phoenix Indian High School provided post-secondary education to a significant number of Hopi youth who today serve in a variety of administrative, service and other leadership capacities throughout the Hopi reservation and nationwide.

The following is a list of the organizations, programs/ project summary and contact information for the programs that received funding from the Trust Fund.

A. Village Programs

Village of Moencopi (lower), Village of Sipaulovi and Village of Bacavi, Hotevilla Village.

B. School Programs

Second Day Mesa School-Bobcat RAP Reading Accelerates Potential Program, Polacca Day School Project Safe Play, Hopi Mission School, Hopi Day School, Moencopi Day School, Hotevilla Bacavi Community School-Library Improvement Project, Shungopavi Village, Mishongnovi Village Mishongnovi Pu tavi Project, First Mesa Village FMCV Youth Services, Kykotsmovi Village Summer Youth Program, Upper Moencopi Village Moencopi Itaa tunatya program, Yu Weh Loo Pah-Ki-Youth program, Village of Tewa, Hopi Jr. High School-Close Up program, Hopi High School-Close Up Program and Keams Canyon Boarding School.

C. Competitive Grant Programs

Mamantuy Oqala am-Girl Power, Hopi Youth Council, Soongopafhoyam, Louis Tewanima Footrace Committee, Hopi Gang Prevention Team, American Legion Post #80, Black Belt Academy and Hopi Taekwondo OSTC.

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