Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Sun, July 05

Hopi Pu’tavi takes retreat to <br>Grand Canyon <br><br>Funder Seeks to Better Understand Programs in Native American Communities

On April 17th and 18th a group of eleven Hopis, through the Hopi Pu’tavi project, retreated to the Grand Canyon to make a plan for the first six months of a two-year, two month project, for Youth Development. The programs will be funded in two Native American communities: Hopi and the Salish-Kootenai Tribes of Montana.

The group began their work with a prayer at the edge of the Canyon and then convened at the Albright Center near the Canyon for their work sessions.

The project, funded by the Ford Foundation through the National 4-H Council Innovation Center, is unique because the people in the program will observe what works in their own communities, choose what they want to learn from it, and reflect and question themselves.

The Planning Retreat was the kick off the program for Hopi. Several teams were formed for learning new skills and local coordination of the program.

This is a new model where guidelines are made by the participants. They can also make their needs known, and monies from the program can go to provide special training of local people to enable them to be better program managers, facilitators and contributors. For example, some of the funds are planned to go toward computer training and training in immersion language methods to help the program staff succeed in their goals to pass on tradition and language to the youth.

The Innovation Center promotes the use of youth energy in the programs. They teach methods of involving youth in new ways, as decision makers and leaders in the work of the program.

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