San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Come to Aid of the Hopi Tribe

HOPI, Ariz.-The Hopi Solid Waste Program is operational again, thanks to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians who supported the Hopi Solid Waste Refuse Collection Program with a grant during its time of need.

The Hopi Tribal Council approved an Emergency Declaration, directing the Hopi Emergency Response Team to assist the Solid Waste Program in correcting and properly disposing of solid waste. The Emergency Response Team was tasked to identify financial resources to acquire vehicles to assist in the collection of refuse.

The Hopi Solid Waste Program serves more than 1,000 Hopi households across the reservation, and some 50 households in three Navajo communities, with waste pick up that helps the tribe to meet public health responsibilities, including providing and maintaining a clean environment. The total service area includes 1,500 square miles.

"This task has been accomplished with a generous $330,273 grant provided by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians" said Hopi Chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa. "The Solid Waste program is now able to purchase a compactor, pickup truck, flatbed truck, flatbed trailer and an SUV. The compactor is a special order and will take some time to build".

"The Hopi Tribe extends its appreciation for their assistance during our emergency," said Edison Tu'tsi Manager of the Hopi Solid Waste Program.

"The People of Santos Manuel are honored to extend this support to the Hopi Tribe," said San Manuel Chairman James C. Ramos. "By sharing resources we continue to foster a brotherhood that has connected tribes since time immemorial."

About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians:

The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, Calif.

The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. Since time immemorial, the San Manuel tribal community has endured change and hardship. Amidst these challenges the tribe continued to maintain its unique form of governance. Like other governments it seeks to provide a better quality of life for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services and promoting social, economic and cultural development. Today San Manuel tribal government oversees many governmental units including the departments of fire, public safety, education and environment.

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