KYKOTSMOVI -- On June 13, Hopi Tribal Chairman Ivan Sidney shared plans for a multi-million dollar Hopi elder care facility when he met with seniors at the Hopi Veterans Center
"This is my first official meeting with this group and I thank you for inviting me," Chairman Sidney said.--" I purposely did not report to you for the first six months of my administration. During this time, I have followed up your concerns. I have been out in the communities and listened to the problems and lack of services for the elderly.".
He pointed out that he has aired elders concerns and needs during meetings with Indian Health Service as well as state officials.
"We brought IHS before the Hopi Tribal Council and together we concluded Third Party payments are for the health care needs of the Hopi people," Chairman Sidney said. "In addition, I have met with state government officials as well as Arizona legislators to discuss the needs of our elderly. Today, I report to you we have support."
He said it was time to act on past promises.
"For years, you have been promised a Hopi Elderly Care Facility," Chairman Sidney said. "I promise to make this a reality during my administration."
Continuing on, Sidney explained that the elder care facility needs to be able to accommodate elderly clientele with minimal needs as well as those requiring extensive, skilled full-time nursing care.
"I still need your support and involvement in this project," he said. "I am asking the Hopi Tribal Council to appropriate $2 to $3 million dollars from the $11 million bonus funds recently paid by Peabody Coal for the construction of a combined Skilled Care Facility for Hopi elderly."
Chairman Sidney explained he has recommitted his efforts to upgrade Hopi's Health Care Facility and services for the Hopi people.
Continuing on, he said, "Our Hopi Health Center needs to be expanded to include a day surgery facility and recovery room."
He pointed out the Hopi hospital simply doesn't offer many of the services found in urban hospitals
"Our Health Care Center is the closest facility for many Navajo families. Our neighbors utilize it extensively," Chairman Sidney said. "Hardrock Chapter President Percy Deal, along with members of the Hardrock community, recently visited our Hopi Wellness Center. During the visit, Chapter President Percy Deal committed his support for our proposed health care expansion. Percy recognizes the upgraded services will benefit Navajo people as well as Hopi."
Finally, Chairman Sidney expressed his desire to recognize past Hopi leaders upon completion of the new elder facility.
"I am asking the Hopi Tribal Council to join us in dedicating the Hopi Elderly Skilled Care Facility to the efforts of all past Hopi Tribal Chairman such as Dewey Healing and Abbott Sequaptewa who committed themselves to our long fight for the return of our ancestral lands," said Chairman Sidney.