Kykotsmovi, Ariz - January 11, 2002, was a relaxing day of celebration for Chairman Wayne Taylor, Jr. and Vice Chairman Elgean Joshevama. Entitled Puhutunatyat Engem Puhutalˆngva, “A New Dawn For New Opportunities.”
The Hopi Tribal Inauguration ceremony culminated months of campaigning for office, the joy of winning, and the stress of settling into their respective positions.
Both men were elected to office on November 21, 2001; Wayne Taylor to his second term as Hopi Tribal Chairman, and Elgean Joshevama winning a landslide victory as Vice Chairman.
Mistress of Ceremonies, Patty Talahongva, opened the ceremony with a warm welcome to everyone present before inviting the Hopi Jr./Sr. High School ROTC to post the Colors.
Following the procession by which Chairman Taylor and Vice Chairman Joshevama joined in the ceremony, Rachel Dawavendewa performed the National Anthem, accompanied by Andrea Siow in sign language.
After an opening prayer by Daryn Melvin, the Chairman and Vice Chairman publicly pledged their Oath of Office before Honorable Appellate Court Judge Emory Sekaquaptewa.