KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - Sept. 13 will mark the beginning of the third year of the Hopi Leadership Program (HLP). Sponsored by the Hopi Foundation, the leadership program was established in 2006 in response to a need for strong, effective and culturally grounded professionals and leaders at Hopi.
To date, a total of 27 Hopi and Tewa individuals have completed the program, creating a network of professionals at Hopi.
The foundation's long term goal is to nurture a community of professionals who can serve as effective leaders and bridge the Hopi and non-Native world firmly grounded in the uniquely Hopi worldview. Through the HLP training, cultural literacy and Western management disciplines will be provided.
Hopi Foundation leadership has learned that changes over the past three generations have diminished Hopi traditional values as well as the traditional mechanism that supported the training and development of new Hopi leaders.
"Cultural knowledge of Hopi roles and values are not consistently available to younger generations and as our people develop professionally, outside training does not accommodate the unique considerations of working in a Hopi community," says Barbara Poley, Hopi Foundation Executive Director.
Since its inception, the HLP has gained national recognition throughout Indian Country. Last April, HLP program participants and alumni traveled to Santa Ana Pueblo in New Mexico to present a conference session about the Hopi Leadership Program at the Annual Native American Philanthropy Institute. Currently Monica Nuvamsa, Laurel Sekakuku and Poley are providing technical assistance to the staff of the Cherokee Preservation Fund from North Carolina to establish an Adult Leadership Program based on the framework of the HLP.
When asked what her wish was for the 2010-2011 program year, Sekakuku, HLP Coordinator and Program Associate, replied, "My wish is to have another successful program with a group of great individuals with open minds willing to learn, assist, and teach our Hopi and Tewa people. I would love to see the [former HLP] alumni become the guest speakers and presenters for the program."
The 2010-2011 HLP will begin in September and go through November. Session topics include: Hopi Cultural Values; Hopi Social Systems and Gender Roles; Hopi Lavayi, the Hopi Environment; Basic Communication and Management Skills; and Organizational Marketing.
The deadline to apply for the 2010-2011 HLP is Friday, July 30 at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Sekakuku at (928) 734-2380, or e-mail
Program application and information can also be found at