HMA Public Relations honored for its work with the Hopi Tribe

Firm takes home Copper Anvil Award of Merit

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - On Aug. 23, at the Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix, during the 2012 Public Relations Society of America's Phoenix Chapter Copper Anvil Award Ceremony, HMA Public Relations was recognized for its work with the Hopi Tribe.

The firm took home a Copper Anvil Award of Merit during the event for its work in developing the Hopi Tribe's 2011 Annual Report. The firm also earned two additional awards during the ceremony.

Upon taking office in late 2009, Hopi Tribal Chairman LeRoy N. Shingoitewa and Vice Chairman Herman G. Honanie focused on stabilizing the Hopi government and made it a priority to reopen the lines of communication between elected tribal officials and constituents. It was of utmost importance to communicate their progress with the Hopi people.

In 2011, the Hopi Tribal Council engaged the professional services of HMA Public Relations and its President, Scott Hanson, in a six-month contract.

One of HMA's public relations goals for the Hopi Tribe was to communicate to the Hopi people the priorities and goals of the tribal leaders. Thus, the tribe's first annual report was created to fulfill this purpose and to ensure that all tribal members received updates on issues being worked on by the tribal leaders.

The Hopi Tribe's Annual Report and State of the Tribe Address were created for the Hopi people. Upon completion in July 2011, the report was hand-delivered to all village offices and also made available to all Hopi Tribal offices and emailed to the media.

The tribal council also rescinded a previous resolution and re-instated the tribe's newspaper, the Hopi Tutuveni, which re-opened in April. Mihio Manus was hired as the managing editor.

Earlier this year, Scott Hanson was also honored by PRSA Phoenix with the prestigious Percy Award, which is given to a public relations professional who has demonstrated excellence in public relations and has made positive contributions to the community. He and his team have a long history of working with Native American tribes, including Ak-Chin Indian Community and Tohono O'odham Nation, among others.

"We are thrilled that our work on behalf of the Hopi Tribe was recognized and honored by our peers in this way. The Copper Anvil, our chapter's highest honor, recognizes outstanding public relations tactics and campaigns that reflect the highest standards of performance in our industry, "said HMA Public Relations President Scott Hanson, APR, Fellow PRSA.

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