KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - Last Tuesday morning, Hopi tribal member Jack Harding of Kykotsmovi marched with his newly formed community group called "Hopi Senom-The Silent Majority" to deliver a letter to the Hopi Tribal Council.
The letter expressed a number of community concerns and dissatisfaction with decisions being made. The letter demanded that Chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa come before the Hopi villages within 30 days to give appropriate information and explanation for all the recent Hopi Council political activity.
The group also expressed their dissatisfaction with Shingoitewa and Vice Chairman Herman Honanie, saying these two officers proclaimed that they would "be accountable in working for the Hopi people and be fully open with their leadership" at all the Hopi public forums. Harding says this is not occuring and "that no one is holding their feet to the fire to make them own up to those campaign promises."
Harding stated, "There are a lot of Hopis who are afraid to vocalize their opinions to the Hopi Council in person. They are intimidated [to go] into the executive offices ... because they have been shut out before by the previous council and this new council group seems so non-responsive to the Hopi people."
He added, "We want to go about showing our concerns in a diplomatic way, by talking with individuals and getting together with other groups locally that share our tribal concerns. Our new group is just looking for answers."
In the letter delivered to the Hopi Council, several areas of concern were brought up, including the question of Hopi Tribal Council not truly representing all of the Hopi people. The group contends that council decisions are being currently being made only by representatives from Sipaulovi and Upper Moencopi villages.
A number of other concerns were also addressed in the letter.
Harding stated, "We are giving the Hopi Chairman a strict timeline to come before the Hopi people at our various villages. He promised he would work for the people and it's that time now"
Harding says he would be happy to share the original signature list of the petition containing the signatures of Hopis and Tewas from all the 12 village populations to anyone who asks.
Harding can be contacted at (928) 255-3360 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.