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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Submitted by: Water & Energy Committee – Hopi Tribe

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – As of August 25, 2020, the Water & Energy Committee of the Hopi Tribe announces that the Little Colorado River Adjudication “Virtual Trial” of the Hopi Tribe’s water rights claims will begin Monday September 14, 2020, at 9:00 am, with Opening Statements by the Tribe and the parties opposing the Tribe’s water rights claims. Opening Statements summarize legal positions and evidence that will be presented at trial to support those positions. The trial is expected to last into January 2021.

September 2020 LCR Trial Calendar 

September 14, 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Opening Statements

September 15, 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. US Expert Witness John Ward (Overall Hydrology) Direct and Cross Examination, Time Estimate – 6 hours

September 16, 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. US Expert Witness Gretchen Greene (Population) Direct and Cross Examination, Time Estimate – 8 hours

September 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. US Expert Witness Paul Hamai (DCMI) Direct and Cross Examination, Time Estimate – 7 hours

September 21, 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. US Expert Witness Edward Lucero (Livestock Carrying Capacity) Direct and Cross Examination, Time Estimate – 6 hours

September 22, 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. US Expert Witness John Ward (Power Plant Hydrology) Direct and Cross Examination, Time Estimate – 5 hours

September 23, 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. US Expert Witness Paul Hamai (Power Plant Design) Direct and Cross Examination, Time Estimate – 4 hours

September 24, 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. US Expert Witness Jacob Bass (Power Plant Economic Feasibility) Direct and Cross Examination, Time Estimate – 6 hours

September 29, 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Hopi Expert Witness Neil Blandford (Overall Hydrology) Direct and Cross Examination, Time Estimate – 8 hours

September 30, 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Hopi Expert Witness Craig Kunkel (Infrastructure Costs) Direct and Cross Examination, Time Estimate – 8 hours

Hopi witness testimony will continue through October and into November, 2020.  16 members of the Hopi Tribe are scheduled to testify between Tuesday October 27, 2020 and Tuesday, November 10, 2020.  Trial calendars for future months will be published at a later date.

Hopi-Tewa Community Members are encouraged to call in and listen to the Proceedings.

You will not need to say anything while on the phone.

You may simply call in and listen.

For public access to the court proceedings, on

Monday, September 14, 2020 or any subsequent trial day

at 9:00 a.m. 

Please call:  224-501-3412

Enter passcode 374-401-397

If disconnected for any reason, repeat instructions above. 

The Court is aware of problems that were experienced with the call-in line during the August 28, 2020 pre-trial hearing. We expect that the problems will be corrected.  Please provide feedback about your experience using the Court’s public line, or questions you have about the LCR Adjudication, by emailing Thayne Lowe at [email protected].  

For questions of more information, please call the Hopi Tribe; Office of the Chairman at (928) 734-3102, OR Office of the Vice Chairman (928) 734-3113.

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By:  Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – August 4, 2020 with a quorum present on this day Hopi Tribal Council, by motion and majority vote, approved Action Item #066-2020 – To approve Attorney Contract with Amy Mignella and Action Item #067 – To approve Attorney Contract with Carlene Tenakhongva.

A day before on Monday, August 3, 2020 with a quorum present Council by motion and majority vote approved Action Item #065-2020 – To approve Attorney Contract with Travis Hyer. All three Action Items were authored by Fred Lomayesva, General Counsel of the Hopi Tribe’s Office of General Counsel.

It has been approximately four months, since the March 25, 2020 approval of Action Item #036-2020 by Council when a quorum was present and addressed Council’s appointment of Fred Lomayesva as General Counsel. During these past months of working under restrictive social distancing measures, Lomayesva and his staff, have been addressing many legal issues including having contact with outsourced lawyers representing the Hopi Tribe on matters such as the Little Colorado River Litigation, 1996 Land Settlement issue, the Snow Bowl litigation efforts to name a few. Having direct legal review of the Hopi Tribe’s Personnel issues and matters, Hopi Code Amendments with regard to the 2020 world wide pandemic issues present on the Hopi reservation – a list not totally inclusive of all matters, in addition to filling the three vacant General Deputy Counsel positions.

Prior to Lomayesva’s appointment in March 2020, the Hopi Tribe was challenged to get the Office of General Counsel fully staffed since November 12, 2019. In the January 22, 2020 publication Hopi Tutuveni reported that the Hopi Tribal Council adopted “Interim Policies and Procedures for Legal Support and Review” as a means for meeting the challenge of having vacancies in the office, until Lomayesva was appointed.

Lomayesva authored the three separate Action Items at the request of Council and continued with presenting from Monday, August 3, 2020 through today, August 4, 2020. It didn’t seem that the Action Item #’s 065-2020 and 066-2020 took quite as much time for discussion and debate as Action Item #067-2020, nonetheless, they all received a majority vote and approval.

Hopi Tutuveni reached out to Fred Lomayesva, General Counsel who provided the following:  “The Hopi Tribal Council passed three resolutions extending offers of employment as Deputy General Counsel to Travis Hyer, Amy Mignella and Carlene Tenakhongva. All three are qualified attorneys who have experience working with Indian tribes and peoples. Mr. Hyer is an experienced tribal prosecutor who will bring to the Tribe his knowledge of the Hopi Tribal Court and law enforcement. Ms. Mignella is an experienced attorney with over twenty-five years in law. Carlene Tenakhongva is a member of the Hopi Tribe and licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona and the Hopi Tribal Courts. With the approval of the contracts, the Office of the General Counsel will be fully staffed. This is the first time in the Tribe’s history that the Office of General Counsel will have two qualified Hopi attorneys working to promote the legal interests of the Hopi Tribe and people.”

Hopi Tribal Woman Member from Tewa Village Beats COVID-19

By:  Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Polacca, Ariz. – Sunday, May 31, 2020, after just over a couple weeks of learning that Jacqueline Nahee, an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe, had recovered from and beat Covid-19, as Managing Editor of the Hopi Tutuveni, I reached out to Nahee.

I connected to Nahee and shared that I recently received results from the COVID-19 test I took at the Hopi Health Care Center – IHS (HHCC- IHS) and that I tested negative for COVID-19. She knew I have also been following her progress on social media. Since she shared on May 9, 2020 on social media about receiving a positive test result and what she experienced in her recovery from the deadly virus, I have been looking forward to learning of her rebound.

I requested permission to share her May 9, 2020 social media post on Facebook. On the post Jacqueline, known as G-O to family and friends, referenced her ordeal of testing positive for COVID-19, the symptoms she experienced and then eventually recovering.

Since she already made the information public, it made asking to share her story much easier. In fact, she replied, “First of all I’m so happy with your negative result. You are more than welcome to share my story. I’m always willing to help in some way. Keep running those hills, I believe running is medicine.”

Another reason, I reached out to her is due to not seeing or reading about Hopi Tribal members who have recovered during this pandemic. Although we have been informed about the COVID-19 data regarding Hopi Tribal members being tested at HHCC-IHS, the number of positives, negatives and those still pending, and some data for some Hopi Villages, there hasn’t been any reporting about how many of those with the positive cases have recovered.

Jacqueline Nahee comes from Tewa Village, originally known as Hanoki, located on First Mesa, and is an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe. First Mesa is one of three mesas located on the easterly end of the Hopi reservation, which has three Hopi villages located “on top.” The Hopi Tribe’s Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) is currently describing First Mesa villages as “Polacca Walpi-Sitsom’ovi-Tewa” when listing data about Hopi tribal members from those villages however it is not distinguishing data for each village in particular. 

It is important to note that Nahee was not tested at the HHCC-IHS, so her particular case would not be included in what HHCC-IHS is reporting to the Hopi Tribe. It remains unclear whether her case would be included in what the HDHHS – Hopi Tribe reports, either. At this point, contact has not been made to either organization to confirm, however, due to HIPPA laws, I don’t believe either organization would share that information with Hopi Tutuveni anyway.

All that aside, I thought it would be a positive step towards informing and educating the Hopi Tutuveni readers about how other Hopi Tribal members have found the courage, not only to get tested but to share their experience, as well. This allows for others to have something to relate to and can know and believe that recovery is happening for our very own people. It is hopeful to know that those testing positive do recover and are not just a number in all the COVID-19 data being shared.

Nahee is an avid marathon runner and has completed the Boston Marathon in the recent past. She comes from a family of strong runners. Jackie currently lives and works in Winslow, Ariz. for the project SNTEPP, which stands for Southwest Navajo Tobacco Education Prevention Program and is funded by the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health (BHCAIH) and according to the BHCAIH, the mission of SNTEPP is:  “The Southwest Navajo Tobacco Education Prevention Project’s primary goal is to improve the health of Navajo people living on the Navajo Nation with a primary focus on children through commercial tobacco prevention, cessation, and policies, while respecting traditional practices and ceremonies associated with tobacco use.” The program involves educating the young about smoking, training and prevention initiatives. Jackie has worked in the past for the Hopi Tribe under direct leadership of Hopi Tribal Chairman Wayne Taylor, Jr., as well.

With a few minor edits to give context for readers, below are Jacqueline’s posts:

Posted – May 9, 2020 12:46 p.m. Good afternoon!  I am thankful for another beautiful day.  Now that I have informed my mom, I feel it’s time to let you all know that a couple weeks ago I tested positive for Covid-19.  I was Asymptomatic with only a headache which started about 3 weeks ago [approximately April 18th.] I let my guard down.  A few days later, the person I was exposed to, tested positive for the virus. Once I was informed, I went to the clinic, but couldn’t be tested due to [no] symptoms. However, I knew I had it. Finally, two weeks from tomorrow [around April 26th] I went back to the clinic and insisted that I be tested although I still had no symptoms. Two days later I was informed that I was positive for the virus.  One good thing was that I was already practicing social distancing and wearing a mask, so I knew I didn’t infect anyone. I was still able to go on my runs to check my breathing and if I came across someone, I’d move to the other side of the road to keep my distance. I had my bad days and late nights where I would get this feeling of being in a daze or light headed. I called it that “ugly feeling.” When I did get that ugly feeling, I would go walk or jog regardless of what time of the day it was, at night I would clean. It’s been almost a week now where I have not felt that ugly feeling. I was retested yesterday and awaiting the results. I just want to express how important it is to exercise, because I strongly believe that it got me through this, take your vitamins and know your body. Walking, running, biking, leg lifts, lifting, etc. anything to move your body. I’m not seeking sympathy but awareness that this virus is for real and should be taken seriously. I am fortunate that I have such great friends Vanessa Kvien, Emily Kewanimptewa and Terri Little who brought me groceries, dinner, support, also, my loving sisters for checking on me every day. And my boss Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson who [help] me with controlling my emotions and being there all hours of the day and night, when I needed to talk. Mom has been through so much so I kept it from her. With that said, please be careful, stay home, wash your hands, no visitors, wear your mask, no hugs, but stay in touch with loved ones via phone, internet. I thought sharing my story will help in some way. I love you all.”

Posted – May 15 at 6:08 p.m. Good Evening! Today I got retested…Negative! I beat Covid-19. Thank you for your prayers, please continue to pray for all those who have this awful virus. Again, I would like to emphasize the importance of social distancing, wearing your mask, washing your hands and staying home. Love you all.”

Nahee has continued running throughout her illness and is still going strong and ran 13.1 miles on the day the article was being written. Hopi Tutuveni appreciates Jacqueline Nahee’s willingness to share her story and wishes her continued good health now and throughout her life. For all those being impacted by COVID-19, we send positives and a quick and speedy recovery from the illness and/or any losses experienced from the contagious virus. Stay hopeful, be safe, be well and wash your hands. – Uma nahongvitotani.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Requests for Hopi Tribal Council Agenda Goes Unanswered 

By:  Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Hopi Tutuveni is still not in receipt of any replies from the Hopi Tribal Secretary’s Office regarding updated Hopi Tribal Council Meeting Agendas and meeting outcomes.

As of Friday, April 17, 2020 Tutuveni staff contacted the Secretary’s Office requesting updated information for the Hopi public readers’ information. No response to the inquiry has been received as of publication of this article.

On Monday, April 20, 2020 follow up contact was made along with submission of the Secretary’s Office Information Request Form for an updated Tribal Council Agenda. During the follow up contacts to the Vice Chairman’s Office, Tutuveni staff was informed that Hopi Tribal Council was indeed in session on that day. Requests to Tribal Secretary’s Office for updates on the latest procedures for allowing the public’s attendance or opportunity to listen in on the open public meetings went unanswered. No response to that inquiry has been received as of publication of this article.

On Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Tutuveni staff made follow up contact via email to all of the Secretary’s Office staff. On the same morning, Tutuveni was informed by a member of the public that the teleconference line number and a passcode to the Hopi Tribal Council meeting was issued and the individual listened in during the Council meeting held on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Reference to the information was made in the April 21, 2020 email contact to the Hopi Tribal Secretary’s Office, which also remains unanswered as of publication of this article.

Further reports from the individual included notification that the Hopi Tribal Council acted on two items, during the meeting, which included an Action Item concerning the Village of Orayvi and an increase to the Little Colorado River settlement budget to cover expert witness expenses.

As of Tuesday, April 21, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni staff has been requested to turn the front door Risk Management Building key, where the Hopi Tutuveni Office is located, back into the Facilities Department. Although inquiries have been submitted about the request, no other directions and/or written reasons or protocol for why the change has been implemented have been received. Hopi Tutuveni is unaware if all other Hopi Tribal employees are being required to turn in building keys.

Hopi Tutuveni has been prepared to cover any Hopi Tribal Council meetings to provide updates to readers on actions being taken by Tribal Council. However, attempts by the Hopi Tribal Secretary’s Office to hold Tribal Council meetings have failed and mostly due to the Hopi Tribal government phone system and technical issues with teleconference lines. The following is a list of dates on which Hopi Tribal Council attempted to meet and reasons for meetings not occurring:

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 – Hopi Tribe phone system down due to hardware issues.

Friday, May 8, 2020 9:00 a.m. – Hopi Tribe phone system technical difficulties apparently due to “getting a hit” during a recent rain storm and according to Chairman Nuvangyaoma. (Meeting rescheduled to Monday, May 11, 2020)

Monday, May 11, 2020 9:00 a.m. – Phone system technical difficulties. (Meeting rescheduled to Thursday, May 21, 2020)

Hopi Tutuveni attended a meeting on Monday, May 18, 2020 at the Hopi Jr./Sr. High School where some Hopi Tribal Council representatives, Hopi Tribal Secretary staff, Hopi Chairman Nuvangyaoma and Hopi Vice Chairman Tenakhongva all joined to do a test run of holding a Council meeting in the Hopi Bruins Den – Cafeteria while meeting social distancing requirements, as much as possible.

HJSHS technology staff, KUYI Hopi Radio staff and Hopi Tutuveni were also in attendance making sure all the technical aspects were covered and to cover the progress being made to ensure Hopi Tribal Council had internet and email access, the phone system was accessible and any Tribal Council representatives choosing to dial-in or log into a Zoom type meeting could do so, as well. The next Hopi Tribal Council meeting is tentatively scheduled to occur this Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. and which the public will be allowed to listen in via KUYI Hopi Radio at 88.1FM.We will do our best to cover the meeting as well and hope before the meeting occurs, to have received an updated Hopi Tribal Council Agenda for the rescheduled meeting.

Although we would like to keep Hopi Tutuveni readers up to date, informed and educated about issues affecting them, until we receive word from Hopi Tribe’s Management Information Systems and Facilities Department about after hours/weekend access, we cannot promise any updates during any other times.

Until we receive communications about internet, email and Risk Management Building access the Hopi Tutuveni is being seriously impacted in its ability to bring up to date information to Hopi Tutuveni readers and users of the webpage. 

While it is critically important that we do our part to prevent and control the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, the May 20, 2020 publication is scheduled for distribution only to local stores, post offices and areas accessible by the public for food and other essentials during the Stay-at-Home Order for all residents of the Hopi Reservation. In addition, a limited amount of printed copies will be provided to the Shungopavi Security check point staff, to hand out to residents upon entrance to the village and until the supply is depleted.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through May 31, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Receives HHHS-Hopi Tribe COVID-19 Data Report

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

It is important to clarify that Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) is the primary facility for not only Hopi but also for Kaibab Paiute and Navajo Nation members. No identifying Tribal information has been released by HHCC-IHS.

During an April 24, 2020 town hall, HHCC-IHS officials stated that of the April 23, 2020 39 Cumulative Number Positive results, there have been over 20 confirmed cases of Hopi Tribal members. However, it was clarified that it does not mean the individuals live on the Hopi reservation.

On that date, Chairman Nuvangyaoma also reported that there are positive cases in the following Hopi communities: Spider Mound, Polacca, Shungopavi, Kykotsmovi, Oraibi, Hotevilla, Bacavi, Lower Village of Moencopi, and the Upper Village of Moencopi. Chairman Nuvangyaoma clarified that the individuals from Hotevilla, Bacavi and “Moencopi” were tested at the Tuba City Regional Healthcare facility.

On Monday, April 27, 2020 KUYI Hopi Public Radio reported on its Facebook page that, “the Hopi Emergency Response Team’s Incident Commander has confirmed that as of Friday, two Hopi community members have succumbed to the COVID-19 coronavirus…” Additionally, KUYI also reported today, April 29, 2020 that the Hopi Emergency Response Team reports that, “approximately half of the positive individuals reside on Hopi.”

Thursday, April 30, 2020, Royce Jenkins, Director – Hopi Health and Human Services Department of the Hopi Tribe provided the reports. Due to discrepancies in the report data, Hopi Tutuveni did not publish the data report on that date. Readers may recall that reports were previously being issued by Bruce Talawyma, Chief of Staff – Office of the Chairman. Talawyma was also identified as Liaison by Edison Tu’tsi, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center – Hopi Emergency Response Team, as of Saturday, April 4, 2020. From April 3, 2020 through April 30, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni was receiving the information from Talawyma. Up until, April 3, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni did not receive any updates from HHCC-IHS or others.

Friday, May 1, 2020, Duane Humeyestewa, Executive Advisor to the Office of the Hopi Chairman provided additional explanation that Jenkins would now be providing data on behalf of the Hopi Tribe.

Monday, May 4, 2020, Humeyestewa forwarded Jenkins’ May 4, 2020 Report to Hopi Tutuveni, however, because discrepancies were not clarified, the report was not shared.

On May 5, 2020, Humeyestewa forwarded Jenkins’ May 5, 2020 Report to Hopi Tutuveni. In the format which included the one similar to that which HHCC-IHS provided in its “COVID-19” report the newly added breakdown of “Number of Cases per Village” and notes below the tables (see italics) were also provided:

This information present above has been released by the Hopi Health Care Center and does not [included] state-wide data on Hopi tribal members. Therefore, the data shown, does not reflect patients receiving care at other facilities such as Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, Flagstaff Medical Center, or any others.

28** of the 52 patients total are members of the Hopi Tribe or approximately 55%.

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued before releasing. At the time of sharing the May 5, 2020 DHHS – Hopi Tribe article in its May 7th publication, Hopi Tutuveni did not receive a response as to how the one canceled test, previously being reported from April 13th through April 17th is being factored into the data. Hopi Tutuveni did however receive clarification from Jenkins, DHHS Director that the data listed in the Polacca, Walpi, Sitsom’ovi, Tewa section does not correlate with any of those specific villages but are to be read as being associated with the First Mesa villages overall. It was further clarified, today, by the HHCC-IHS that it has not released data which delineates cases by village and that the information is being released by the Hopi Tribe from its sources. Hopi Tutuveni has not received clarification about those sources, as yet, and can only report that Tribal officials report the above positive tests in the Hopi communities.

Tutuveni staff as well as the Hopi Emergency Operations Center has consistently been requesting information and updates from HHCC-IHS, which is operating in support of the HHCC – IHS.

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. Again, these are confirmed COVID-19 cases now being reported by Royce Jenkins, Director DHHS, after receiving reports from HHCC-IHS and other sources and does not necessarily mean all the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We will only publish the data as presented, if clarified and correct. Release dates and the tables of data now being sent from Jenkins are being published as vital public information.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Tutuveni staff will continue updating the latest reports to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it is received during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. If circumstances allow, the Hopi Tutuveni website will upload updates.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through May 31, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Hopi Tribal Government Shutdown Extended to May 31, 2020

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at approximately 7:44 a.m. Philline Talayumptewa, Executive Secretary, Office of Executive Director sent out an email with a May 4, 2020 MEMORANDUM addressed to ALL HOPI TRIBAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES from Timothy L. Nuvangyaoma, Chairman, Clark W. Tenakhongva, Vice Chairman and Dorma L. Sahneyah, Executive Director with the subject line, “Extension of Tribal Government Shutdown.”

The one-page memorandum referenced the April 13, 2020 “Directive…that all employees, except essential staff, shall telework or work at home” is further extended through May 29, 2020.

The memorandum also referenced that “Although proactive actions have been taken to reduce the risk of COVID-19, the pandemic continues to present a threat to the health, safety and well-being of Hopi Tribal Government employees and the general Hopi public.”

The memorandum also referenced, “As many of you know, the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases within the proximate surrounding Navajo Nation continues to increase, which contributes to an already high anxiety level throughout Hopi.”

Employees were also informed, via the Memorandum that the Hopi Tribe’s Finance Department, “…shall [sure] all employees continue to be paid during this extension period.” And all employees were reminded to be available during regular work days and to be able to report to work within an hour of being notified.

Therefore, the May 4, 202 Memorandum issued to Hopi Tribal employees, extends the April 13, 2020 Directive through May 29, 2020.

Almost a couple of hours later, at approximately 9:29 a.m. Talayumptewa sent out another email with the “The Hopi Tribe Executive Order No. 002.2-2020” file attached. The “EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 002.2-2020” further titled “Amending Executive Order No. 002.1-2020 to extend the Stay at Home Order for all residents of the Hopi Reservation” stated that the Chairman of the Hopi Tribe directs that Executive Order 002.1-2020 shall be extended beyond May 9, 2020 and remain in effect through May 31, 2020, unless modified, extended or rescinded…SO ORDERED this 4th day of May 2020.”

In addition to including the Hopi Executive Order No. 002.2-2020, Talayumptewa also included instructions to recipients to “Please post and share.”

The Hopi Executive Order No. 002.2-2020 referenced “WHEREAS, the Hopi Health Care Center has reported a current total of fifty-two (52) positive COVID-19 cases and approximately 15% to 20% increases in cases of COVID-19 in our region of Northern Arizona; and WHEREAS, the data is still showing significant numbers for people testing positive for COVID-19 and we are still learning, by gaining access data from other surrounding hospitals, including Flagstaff, Winslow, and Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, the extent to which the disease has spread within the Hopi  Reservation…continuation of the Stay at Home Order is necessary to limit potential exposure…”

The Hopi Tutuveni landing page located on the Hopi Tribe website at https://www.hopi-nsn.gov/news/hopi-tutuveni/ is being updated as official notifications from the Tribal Government are being received.

Due to the increased amount of information being shared and because the Hopi Tutuveni is considered the official newspaper for the public’s information, updates from Hopi Chairman and Vice Chairman’s Offices regarding measures being taken to address Covid-19 on the Hopi reservation will be posted when information becomes available.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Receives HHCC-IHS COVID-19 Data Report

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Thursday, April 30, 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

It is important to clarify that Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) is the primary facility for not only Hopi but also for Kaibab Paiute and Navajo Nation members. No identifying Tribal information has been released by HHCC-IHS.

During an April 24, 2020 town hall, HHCC-IHS officials stated that of the April 23, 2020 39 Cumulative Number Positive results, there have been over 20 confirmed cases of Hopi Tribal members. However, it was clarified that it does not mean the individuals live on the Hopi reservation.

On that date, Chairman Nuvangyaoma also reported that there are positive cases in the following Hopi communities: Spider Mound, Polacca, Shungopavi, Kykotsmovi, Oraibi, Hotevilla, Bacavi, Lower Village of Moencopi, and the Upper Village of Moencopi. Chairman Nuvangyaoma clarified that the individuals from Hotevilla, Bacavi and “Moencopi” were tested at the Tuba City Regional Healthcare facility.

On Monday, April 27, 2020 KUYI Hopi Public Radio reported on its Facebook page that, “the Hopi Emergency Response Team’s Incident Commander has confirmed that as of Friday, two Hopi community members have succumbed to the COVID-19 coronavirus…” Additionally, KUYI also reported today, April 29, 2020 that the Hopi Emergency Response Team reports that, “approximately half of the positive individuals reside on Hopi.

As of 4:45 p.m. MST today, Duane Humeyestewa Executive Advisor to the Office of the Hopi Chairman sent information and data from the HHCC-IHS “COVID-19” report to the Hopi Tutuveni in an email. The information was provided to Hopi Tutuveni, in an updated report format from Royce Jenkins, Director Hopi Health and Human Services Department of the Hopi Tribe, which included the HHCC-IHS “COVID-19” report below:

“*This information is released by the HHCC and does not [included] state-wide data on Hopi tribal members. Therefore, data is not shown on patients receiving care at other facilities such as Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, Flagstaff Medical Center, among others. **27 of patients are from the Hopi Tribe.”

The data can be summarized that out of 165 individuals tested on April 30, 2020, 47 patients have tested positive which is an increase from the day before on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 report of 43 Cumulative Number testing positive, 108 patients have tested negative which is an increase of 4 more testing negative since April 29, 2020 and 10 are pending which shows no change from the day before on the 29th.

As of today when HHCC-IHS sent the information to Jenkins, 8 more patients were tested up to that point in time, which was not included in the data or report.

Additional information now being reported and released today includes the information on “Number of Cases per Village” as of “4/29/2020” and “4/30/2020”

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued from HHCC-IHS before releasing. At the time of publishing this article, Hopi Tutuveni did not receive a response as to how the one canceled test, previously being reported from April 13th through April 17th is being factored into the data.

Bruce Talawyma, Chief of Staff – Hopi Chairman’s Office has also been identified as Liaison by Edison Tu’tsi, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center – Hopi Emergency Response Team, as of Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Since April 3, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni has now been receiving the information from Talawyma. Up until that date Tutuveni did not receive any updates from HHCC-IHS or others.

Tutuveni staff as well as the Hopi Emergency Operations Center has consistently been requesting information and updates from HHCC-IHS, which is operating in support of the HHCC – IHS.

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. Again, these are confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at the HHCC-IHS and does not necessarily mean all the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We will only publish the data as presented. Release dates and the tables of data sent from Mose A. Herne, Chief Executive Officer – HHCC-IHS to Talawyma, Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Tribal Chairman and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director of the Hopi Tribe are being published as the statistics and data are vital public information.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Tutuveni staff will continue updating the latest reports to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it is received during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. If circumstances allow, the Hopi Tutuveni website will upload updates.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through May 9, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Receives HHCC-IHS COVID-19 Data Report

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Wednesday, April 29, 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

It is important to clarify that Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) is the primary facility for not only Hopi but also for Kaibab Paiute and Navajo Nation members. No identifying Tribal information has been released by HHCC-IHS.

During an April 24, 2020 town hall, HHCC-IHS officials stated that of the April 23, 2020 39 Cumulative Number Positive results, there have been over 20 confirmed cases of Hopi Tribal members. However, it was clarified that it does not mean the individuals live on the Hopi reservation.

On that date, Chairman Nuvangyaoma also reported that there are positive cases in the following Hopi communities: Spider Mound, Polacca, Shungopavi, Kykotsmovi, Oraibi, Hotevilla, Bacavi, Lower Village of Moencopi, and the Upper Village of Moencopi. Chairman Nuvangyaoma clarified that the individuals from Hotevilla, Bacavi and “Moencopi” were tested at the Tuba City Regional Healthcare facility.

On Monday, April 27, 2020 KUYI Hopi Public Radio reported on its Facebook page that, “the Hopi Emergency Response Team’s Incident Commander has confirmed that as of Friday, two Hopi community members have succumbed to the COVID-19 coronavirus…” Additionally, KUYI also reported today, April 29, 2020 that the Hopi Emergency Response Team reports that, “approximately half of the positive individuals reside on Hopi.

As of 9:52 a.m. MST today, Bruce Talawyma, Office of the Hopi Chairman sent information and data from the HHCC-IHS “COVID-19” report to the Hopi Tutuveni in an email.

The information was provided to Hopi Tutuveni and KUYI Hopi Radio, in an updated table format and added information below:

The data can be summarized that out of 157 individuals tested on April 29, 2020, 43 patients have tested positive which did not change from the day before on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 report of 43 Cumulative Number testing positive, 104 patients have tested negative which is an increase of 1 more testing negative since April 28, 2020 and 10 are pending which is an increase of 2 to number of pending from the day before on the 28th.

As of 9:25 a.m. today, April 29, 2020, 3 more patients were tested up to that point in time.

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued from HHCC-IHS before releasing. At the time of publishing this article, Hopi Tutuveni did not receive a response as to how the one canceled test, previously being reported from April 13th through April 17th is being factored into the data.

Bruce Talawyma, Chief of Staff – Hopi Chairman’s Office has also been identified as Liaison by Edison Tu’tsi, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center – Hopi Emergency Response Team, as of Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Since April 3, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni has now been receiving the information from Talawyma. Up until that date Tutuveni did not receive any updates from HHCC-IHS or others.

Tutuveni staff as well as the Hopi Emergency Operations Center has consistently been requesting information and updates from HHCC-IHS, which is operating in support of the HHCC – IHS.

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. Again, these are confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at the HHCC-IHS and does not necessarily mean all the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We will only publish the data as presented. Release dates and the tables of data sent from Mose A. Herne, Chief Executive Officer – HHCC-IHS to Talawyma, Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Tribal Chairman and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director of the Hopi Tribe are being published as the statistics and data are vital public information.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Tutuveni staff will continue updating the latest reports to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it is received during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. If circumstances allow, the Hopi Tutuveni website will upload updates.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through May 9, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Receives HHCC-IHS COVID-19 Data Report

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Tuesday, April 28, 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

It is important to clarify that Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) is the primary facility for not only Hopi but also for Kaibab Paiute and Navajo Nation members. No identifying Tribal information has been released by HHCC-IHS.

During an April 24, 2020 town hall, HHCC-IHS officials stated that of the April 23, 2020 39 Cumulative Number Positive results, there have been over 20 confirmed cases of Hopi Tribal members However, it was clarified that it does not mean the individuals live on the Hopi reservation.

On that date, Chairman Nuvangyaoma also reported that there are positive cases in the following Hopi communities: Spider Mound, Polacca, Shungopavi, Kykotsmovi, Oraibi, Hotevilla, Bacavi, Lower Village of Moencopi, and the Upper Village of Moencopi. Chairman Nuvangyaoma clarified that the individuals from Hotevilla, Bacavi and “Moencopi” were tested at the Tuba City Regional Healthcare facility.

On Monday, April 27, 2020 KUYI Hopi Public Radio reported on its Facebook page that, “the Hopi Emergency Response Team’s Incident Commander has confirmed that as of Friday, two Hopi community members have succumbed to the COVID-19 coronavirus…”

As of 2:17 p.m. MST today, Bruce Talawyma, Office of the Hopi Chairman sent information and data from the HHCC-IHS “COVID-19” report to the Hopi Tutuveni in an email.

The information was provided to Hopi Tutuveni and KUYI Hopi Radio, in an updated table format and added information below:

The data can be summarized that out of 154 individuals tested on April 28, 2020, 43 patients have tested positive which is an increase of 1 from the Monday, April 27, 2020 report of 42 Cumulative Number testing positive, 103 patients have tested negative which is an increase of 1 more testing negative since April 27, 2020 and 8 are pending which is an increase to number of pending from the day before on the 27th.

As of 11:48 a.m. today, April 28, 2020, 7 more patients were tested up to that point in time. The last HHCC-IHS “COVID-19” report received by Hopi Tutuveni was from last week, Thursday, April 23 and is below:

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued from HHCC-IHS before releasing. At the time of publishing this article, Hopi Tutuveni did not receive a response as to how the one canceled test, previously being reported from April 13th through April 17th is being factored into the data.

Bruce Talawyma, Chief of Staff – Hopi Chairman’s Office has also been identified as Liaison by Edison Tu’tsi, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center – Hopi Emergency Response Team, as of Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Since April 3, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni has now been receiving the information from Talawyma. Up until that date Tutuveni did not receive any updates from HHCC-IHS or others.

Tutuveni staff as well as the Hopi Emergency Operations Center has consistently been requesting information and updates from HHCC-IHS, which is operating in support of the HHCC – IHS.

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. Again, these are confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at the HHCC-IHS and does not necessarily mean all the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We will only publish the data as presented. Release dates and the tables of data sent from Mose A. Herne, Chief Executive Officer – HHCC-IHS to Talawyma, Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Tribal Chairman and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director of the Hopi Tribe are being published as the statistics and data are vital public information.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Tutuveni staff will continue updating the latest reports to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it is received during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. If circumstances allow, the Hopi Tutuveni website will upload updates.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through May 9, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Receives HHCC-IHS COVID-19 Data During Tuhyah (The Sickness) Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall 

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Friday, April 24, 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

According to invites being circulated via social media and email, the Town Hall, aired on KUYI, 88.1 FM Hopi Radio and held as a Zoom webinar, the objectives were to:

  1. To better understand the coronavirus
  2. Provide key resources
  3. Provide Cultural guidance related to coronavirus
  4. Provide opportunity for Question & Answers

Panel members included Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) personnel, Hopi Chairman Timothy Nuvangyaoma, and facilitators.

It is important to clarify that HHCC-IHS is the primary facility for not only Hopi but also for Kaibab Paiute and Navajo Nation members. No identifying Tribal information has been released by HHCC-IHS until today during the webinar.

During the town hall HHCC-IHS officials stated that of the April 23, 2020 39 Cumulative Number Positive results, there have been over 20 confirmed cases of Hopi Tribal members. However, it was clarified that it does not mean the individuals live on the Hopi reservation.

Chairman Nuvangyaoma also reported that there are positive cases in the following Hopi communities:  Spider Mound, Polacca, Shungopavi, Kykotsmovi, Oraibi, Hotevilla, Bacavi, Lower Village of Moencopi, and the Upper Village of Moencopi. Chairman Nuvangyaoma clarified that the individuals from Hotevilla, Bacavi and “Moencopi” were tested at the Tuba City Regional Healthcare facility.

As of today, Hopi Tutuveni was not provided with the HHCC-IHS “COVID-19” report as it was provided from April 3, 2020 through yesterday, April 23, 2020. The information was provided to Hopi Tutuveni and KUYI Hopi Radio, in an updated table format. See below for the last data report received:

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued from HHCC-IHS before releasing. During the town hall, Chairman Nuvangyaoma stated that a Public Health Advisor has been recently hired.

Bruce Talawyma, Chief of Staff – Hopi Chairman’s Office has also been identified as Liaison by Edison Tu’tsi, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center – Hopi Emergency Response Team, as of Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Since April 3, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni has now been receiving the information from Talawyma. Up until that date Tutuveni did not receive any updates from HHCC-IHS or others. 

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. Again, these are confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at the HHCC-IHS and does not necessarily mean all the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We will only publish the data as presented. Release dates and the tables of data sent from Mose A. Herne, Chief Executive Officer – HHCC-IHS to Talawyma, Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Tribal Chairman and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director of the Hopi Tribe are being published as the statistics and data are vital public information.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Tutuveni staff will continue updating the latest reports to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it is received during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. If circumstances allow, the Hopi Tutuveni website will upload updates.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through May 9, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Receives HHCC-IHS COVID-19 Data Report

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Thursday, April 23, 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

It is important to clarify that Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) is the primary facility for not only Hopi but also for Kaibab Paiute and Navajo Nation members. No identifying Tribal information has been released by HHCC-IHS.

In other words, we’re still not certain how many Hopis have tested positive, other than the one confirmed case by the Hopi village of Bacavi. On April 19, 2020 the village of Shungopavi posted an “URGENT MESSAGE TO ALL SHUNGOPAVI RESIDENTS” to its Facebook page notifying of a “possible case of COVID-19” and First Mesa Consolidated Villages issued a press release today notifying that “on April 16 that two [if] its village members had tested positive for the novel coronavirus a week earlier…” no other information, such as whether the results were included in the HHCC-IHS “COVID-19” report, was available.

As of 3:03 p.m. MST today, Bruce Talawyma, Office of the Hopi Chairman sent information and data from the HHCC-IHS “COVID-19” report to the Hopi Tutuveni in an email.

The information was provided to Hopi Tutuveni and KUYI Hopi Radio, in an updated table format and added information below:

The data can be summarized that out of 136 individuals tested, 39 patients have tested positive which is an increase of 4 from the April 22, 2020 report of 35 Cumulative Number testing positive, 87 patients have tested negative which is an increase of 11 more testing negative since April 22, 2020 and 10 are pending which is decrease to number of pending from the day before.

As of 1:43 p.m. today, April 23, 2020, 3 more patients were tested up to that point in time.

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued from HHCC-IHS before releasing. At the time of publishing this article, Hopi Tutuveni did not receive a response as to how the one canceled test, previously being reported from April 13th through April 17th is being factored into the data.

Bruce Talawyma, Chief of Staff – Hopi Chairman’s Office has also been identified as Liaison by Edison Tu’tsi, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center – Hopi Emergency Response Team, as of Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Since April 3, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni has now been receiving the information from Talawyma. Up until that date Tutuveni did not receive any updates from HHCC-IHS or others.

Tutuveni staff as well as the Hopi Emergency Operations Center has consistently been requesting information and updates from HHCC-IHS, which is operating in support of the HHCC – IHS.

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. Again, these are confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at the HHCC-IHS and does not necessarily mean the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We will only publish the data as presented. Release dates and the tables of data sent from Mose A. Herne, Chief Executive Officer – HHCC-IHS to Talawyma, Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Tribal Chairman and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director of the Hopi Tribe are being published as the statistics and data are vital public information.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Tutuveni staff will continue updating the latest reports to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it is received during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. If circumstances allow, the Hopi Tutuveni website will upload updates.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through May 9, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Requests for Hopi Tribal Council Agenda Goes Unanswered

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Hopi Tutuveni is still not in receipt of any replies from the Hopi Tribal Secretary’s Office regarding updated Hopi Tribal Council Meeting Agendas and meeting outcomes.

As of Friday, April 17, 2020 Tutuveni staff contacted the Secretary’s Office requesting updated information for the Hopi public readers’ information. No response to the inquiry has been received as of publication of this article.

On Monday, April 20, 2020 follow up contact was made along with submission of the Secretary’s Office Information Request Form for an updated Tribal Council Agenda. During the follow up contacts to the Vice Chairman’s Office, Tutuveni staff was informed that Hopi Tribal Council was indeed in session on that day. Requests to Tribal Secretary’s Office for updates on the latest procedures for allowing the public’s attendance or opportunity to listen in on the open public meetings went unanswered. No response to that inquiry has been received as of publication of this article.

On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, Tutuveni staff made follow up contact via email to all of the Secretary’s Office staff, once again. On the same Tuesday morning, Tutuveni staff was informed by a member of the public that the teleconference line number and a passcode to the Hopi Tribal Council meeting was issued to that member of the public. The individual was allowed to listen in during the Council meeting held on Monday, April 20, 2020 after 9:00 a.m. approximately.

Further reports from the individual included notification that the Hopi Tribal Council acted on two items, during the meeting, which included an Action Item concerning the Village of Orayvi and an increase to the Little Colorado River settlement budget to cover expert witness expenses.

Reference to the information was made in the April 21, 2020 email contact to the Hopi Tribal Secretary’s Office, with the following message, which remains unanswered as of publication of this article: “I’m making contact to put a request to you all for the latest updated Tribal Council Agenda. I’ve made contact by phone and email and have not yet received any replies or any information as of today. I know it is a challenging time trying to stay connected and getting communication done, thus my contact. If any of you have received the information, can you please forward our way? I understand Tribal Council met yesterday. I am also aware that some members of the public were given the teleconference number and a passcode. Some individuals have reported that the two items addressed were the Orayvi Village Action Item and an increase of $500,000 to the LCR Expert Witness budget. I am not sure if that is correct but letting you all know that is what is being shared. Is there an established method for any future open public meetings and can that also be shared, please?”

As of Tuesday, April 21, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni staff has been requested to turn the front door Risk Management Building key, where the Hopi Tutuveni Office is located, back into the Facilities Department. Although inquiries have been submitted about the request, no other directions and/or written reasons or protocol for why the change has been implemented have been received. Hopi Tutuveni is unaware if all other Hopi Tribal employees are being required to turn in building keys.

Although we would like to keep Hopi Tutuveni readers up to date, informed and educated about issues affecting them, until we receive word from Hopi Tribe’s Management Information Systems and Facilities Department about after hours/weekend access, we cannot promise any updates during any other times.

Until we receive communications about internet, email and Risk Management Building access the Hopi Tutuveni is being seriously impacted in its ability to bring up to date information to Hopi Tutuveni readers and users of the webpage.

While it is critically important that we do our part to prevent and control the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, the May 6, 2020 publication is scheduled for distribution only to local stores, post offices and areas accessible by the public for food and other essentials during the Stay-at-Home Order for all residents of the Hopi Reservation. In addition, a limited amount of printed copies will be provided to the Shungopavi Security check point staff, to hand out to residents upon entrance to the village and until the supply is depleted.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through May 9, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Receives HHCC-IHS COVID-19 Data Report

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Wednesday, April 22, 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

It is important to clarify that Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) is the primary facility for not only Hopi but also for Kaibab Paiute and Navajo Nation members. No identifying Tribal information has been released by HHCC-IHS.

In other words, we’re still not certain how many Hopis have tested positive, other than the one confirmed case by the Hopi village of Bacavi. On April 19, 2020 the village of Shungopavi posted an “URGENT MESSAGE TO ALL SHUNGOPAVI RESIDENTS” to its Facebook page notifying of a “possible case of COVID-19” and First Mesa Consolidated Villages issued a press release today notifying that “on April 16 that two [if] its village members had tested positive for the novel coronavirus a week earlier…” no other information, such as whether the results were included in the HHCC-IHS “COVID-19” report, was available.

As of 1:53 p.m. MST today, Bruce Talawyma, Office of the Hopi Chairman sent information and data from the HHCC-IHS “COVID-19” report to the Hopi Tutuveni in an email.

The information was provided to Hopi Tutuveni and KUYI Hopi Radio, in an updated table format below:

The data can be summarized that out of 133 individuals tested, 35 patients have tested positive which is an increase of 2 from the April 21, 2020 report of 33 Cumulative Number testing positive, 76 patients have tested negative which is an increase of 1 more testing negative since April 21, 2020 and 22 are pending which is a stark comparison to number of pending from the day before.

As of 1:37 p.m. today, April 22, 2020, 20 more patients were tested up to that point in time.

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued from HHCC-IHS before releasing. At the time of publishing this article, Hopi Tutuveni did not receive a response as to how the one canceled test, previously being reported from April 13th through April 17th is being factored into the data.

Bruce Talawyma, Chief of Staff – Hopi Chairman’s Office has also been identified as Liaison by Edison Tu’tsi, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center – Hopi Emergency Response Team, as of Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Since April 3, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni has now been receiving the information from Talawyma. Up until that date Tutuveni did not receive any updates from HHCC-IHS or others.

Tutuveni staff as well as the Hopi Emergency Operations Center has consistently been requesting information and updates from HHCC-IHS, which is operating in support of the HHCC – IHS.

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. Again, these are confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at the HHCC-IHS and does not necessarily mean the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We will only publish the data as presented. Release dates and the tables of data sent from Mose A. Herne, Chief Executive Officer – HHCC-IHS to Talawyma, Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Tribal Chairman and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director of the Hopi Tribe are being published as the statistics and data are vital public information.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together.We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Tutuveni staff will continue updating the latest reports to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it is received during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. If circumstances allow, the Hopi Tutuveni website will upload updates.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through May 9, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Receives HHCC-IHS COVID-19 Data Report

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Tuesday, April 21, 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

It is important to clarify that Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) is the primary facility for not only Hopi but also for Kaibab Paiute and Navajo Nation members. No identifying Tribal information has been released by HHCC-IHS.

In other words, we’re still not certain how many Hopis have tested positive, other than the one confirmed case by the Hopi village of Bacavi. On April 19, 2020 the village of Shungopavi posted an “URGENT MESSAGE TO ALL SHUNGOPAVI RESIDENTS” to its Facebook page notifying of a “possible case of COVID-19” and First Mesa Consolidated Villages issued a press release today notifying that “on April 16 that two [if] its village members had tested positive for the novel coronavirus a week earlier…” no other information, such as whether the results were included in the HHCC-IHS “COVID-19” report, was available.

As of 1:08 p.m. MST today, Bruce Talawyma, Office of the Hopi Chairman sent information and data from the HHCC-IHS “COVID-19” report to the Hopi Tutuveni in an email.

The information was provided to Hopi Tutuveni and KUYI Hopi Radio, in an updated table format below:

The data can be summarized that out of 114 individuals tested, 33 patients have tested positive which is an increase of 6 from the April 20, 2020 report of 27 Cumulative Number testing positive, 75 patients have tested negative which is an increase of 3 more testing negative since April 20, 2020 and 6 are pending.

As of 12:47 p.m. today, April 21, 2020, 3 more patients were tested up to that point in time.

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued from HHCC-IHS before releasing. At the time of publishing this article, Hopi Tutuveni did not receive a response as to how the one canceled test, previously being reported from April 13th through April 17th is being factored into the data.

Bruce Talawyma, Chief of Staff – Hopi Chairman’s Office has also been identified as Liaison by Edison Tu’tsi, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center – Hopi Emergency Response Team, as of Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Since April 3, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni has now been receiving the information from Talawyma. Up until that date Tutuveni did not receive any updates from HHCC-IHS or others.

Tutuveni staff as well as the Hopi Emergency Operations Center has consistently been requesting information and updates from HHCC-IHS, which is operating in support of the HHCC – IHS.

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. Again, these are confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at the HHCC-IHS and does not necessarily mean the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We will only publish the data as presented. Release dates and the tables of data sent from Mose A. Herne, Chief Executive Officer – HHCC-IHS to Talawyma, Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Tribal Chairman and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director of the Hopi Tribe are being published as the statistics and data are vital public information.

Tutuveni staff will continue updating the latest reports to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it is received during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. If circumstances allow, the Hopi Tutuveni website will upload updates.

Although we would like to keep Hopi Tutuveni readers up to date, until we receive word from Hopi Tribe’s Management Information Systems staff about after hours and weekend access, we cannot promise any updates during any other times and until we receive communication about internet and email access.

While it is critically important that we do our part to prevent and control the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, the April 15, 2020 publication was distributed only to local stores, post offices and areas accessible by the public for food and other essentials during the Stay-at-Home Order for all residents of the Hopi Reservation. In addition, a limited amount of printed copies were provided to the Shungopavi Security check point staff, to hand out to residents upon entrance to the village and until the supply was depleted.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through May 9, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Receives HHCC-IHS COVID-19 Data Report

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Monday, April 20, 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

It is important to clarify that Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) is the primary facility for not only Hopi but also for Kaibab Paiute and Navajo Nation members. No identifying Tribal information has been released by HHCC-IHS.

In other words, we’re still not certain how many Hopis have tested positive, other than the one confirmed case by the Hopi village of Bacavi. On April 19, 2020 the village of Shungopavi posted an “URGENT MESSAGE TO ALL SHUNGOPAVI RESIDENTS” to its Facebook page notifying of a “possible case of COVID-19” and First Mesa Consolidated Villages issued a press release today notifying that “on April 16 that two [if] its village members had tested positive for the novel coronavirus a week earlier…” no other information, such as whether the results were included in the HHCC-IHS “COVID-19” report, was available.

As of 2:31 p.m. MST today, Bruce Talawyma, Office of the Hopi Chairman sent information and data from the HHCC-IHS “COVID-19” report to the Hopi Tutuveni in an email.

The information was provided to Hopi Tutuveni and KUYI Hopi Radio, in an updated table format below:

The data can be summarized that out of 111 individuals tested, 27 patients have tested positive which is an increase of 2 from the April 17, 2020 report of 25 Cumulative Number testing positive, 72 patients have tested negative which is an increase of 14 more testing negative since April 17, 2020 and 12 are pending.

As of 1:20 p.m. today, April 20, 2020, 5 more patients were tested up to that point in time.

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued from HHCC-IHS before releasing. At the time of publishing this article, Hopi Tutuveni did not receive a response as to how the one canceled test, previously being reported from April 13th through April 17th is being factored into the data.

Bruce Talawyma, Chief of Staff – Hopi Chairman’s Office has also been identified as Liaison by Edison Tu’tsi, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center – Hopi Emergency Response Team, as of Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Since April 3, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni has now been receiving the information from Talawyma. Up until that date Tutuveni did not receive any updates from HHCC-IHS or others.

Tutuveni staff as well as the Hopi Emergency Operations Center has consistently been requesting information and updates from HHCC-IHS, which is operating in support of the HHCC – IHS.

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. Again, these are confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at the HHCC-IHS and does not necessarily mean the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases. We will only publish the data as presented. Release dates and the tables of data sent from Mose A. Herne, Chief Executive Officer – HHCC-IHS to Talawyma, Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Tribal Chairman and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director of the Hopi Tribe are being published as the statistics and data are vital public information.

Tutuveni staff will continue updating the latest reports to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it is received during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. If circumstances allow, the Hopi Tutuveni website will upload updates.

Although we would like to keep Hopi Tutuveni readers up to date, until we receive word from Hopi Tribe’s Management Information Systems staff about after hours and weekend access, we cannot promise any updates during any other times and until we receive communication about internet and email access.

While it is critically important that we do our part to prevent and control the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, the April 15, 2020 publication was distributed only to local stores, post offices and areas accessible by the public for food and other essentials during the Stay-at-Home Order for all residents of the Hopi Reservation. In addition, a limited amount of printed copies were provided to the Shungopavi Security check point staff, to hand out to residents upon entrance to the village and until the supply was depleted.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through May 9, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Receives HHCC-IHS COVID-19 Data Report

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Friday, April 17, 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

It is important to clarify that Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) is the primary facility for not only Hopi but also for Kaibab Paiute and Navajo Nation members. No identifying Tribal information has been released by HHCC-IHS. In other words, we’re still not certain how many Hopis have tested positive, other than the one confirmed case by the Hopi village of Bacavi.

As of 1:41 p.m. MST today, Bruce Talawyma, Office of the Hopi Chairman sent information and data from the HHCC-IHS “COVID-19” report to the Hopi Tutuveni in an email.

The information was provided to Hopi Tutuveni and KUYI Hopi Radio, in an updated table format below:

The data can be summarized that out of 90 individuals tested (*One patient test was canceled), 25 patients have tested positive which is an increase of 1 from the April 16, 2020 report of 24 Cumulative Number testing positive, 58 patients have tested negative which is an increase of 7 more testing negative since April 16th and 6 are pending.

As of 12:46 p.m. today, April 17, 2020, 2 more patients were tested up to that point in time.

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued from HHCC-IHS before releasing.

Bruce Talawyma, Chief of Staff – Hopi Chairman’s Office has also been identified as Liaison by Edison Tu’tsi, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center – Hopi Emergency Response Team, as of Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Since April 3, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni has now been receiving the information from Talawyma. Up until that date Tutuveni did not receive any updates from HHCC-IHS or others.

Tutuveni staff as well as the Hopi Emergency Operations Center has consistently been requesting information and updates from HHCC-IHS, which is operating in support of the HHCC – IHS.

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. Again, these are confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at the HHCC-IHS and does not necessarily mean the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We will only publish the data as presented. Release dates and the tables of data sent from Mose A. Herne, Chief Executive Officer – HHCC-IHS to Talawyma, Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Tribal Chairman and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director of the Hopi Tribe are being published as the statistics and data are vital public information.

Tutuveni staff will continue updating the latest reports to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it is received during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. If circumstances allow, the Hopi Tutuveni website will upload updates.

Although we would like to keep Hopi Tutuveni readers up to date, until we receive word from Hopi Tribe’s Management Information Systems staff about after hours and weekend access, we cannot promise any updates during any other times and until we receive communication about internet and email access.

While it is critically important that we do our part to prevent and control the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, the April 15, 2020 publication was distributed only to local stores, post offices and areas accessible by the public for food and other essentials during the Stay-at-Home Order for all residents of the Hopi Reservation. In addition, a limited amount of printed copies were provided to the Shungopavi Security check point staff, to hand out to residents upon entrance to the village and until the supply was depleted.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through May 9, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Receives HHCC-IHS COVID-19 Data Report

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Thursday, April 16, 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

It is important to clarify that Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) is the primary facility for not only Hopi but also for Kaibab Paiute and Navajo Nation members. No identifying Tribal information has been released by HHCC-IHS. In other words, we’re still not certain how many Hopis have tested positive, other than the one confirmed case by the Hopi village of Bacavi.

As of 1:25 p.m. MST today, Bruce Talawyma, Office of the Hopi Chairman sent information and data from the HHCC-IHS “COVID-19” report to the Hopi Tutuveni in an email.

The information was provided to Hopi Tutuveni and KUYI Hopi Radio, in an updated table format below:

The data can be summarized that out of 88 individuals tested (*One patient test was canceled), 24 patients have tested positive which is an increase from the April 15, 2020 report of 20 Cumulative Number testing positive, 51 patients have tested negative and which did not change since April 15th and 12 are pending, which also showed as constant.

As of 10:58 a.m. today, April 16, 2020, 4 more patients were tested up to that point in time.

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued from HHCC-IHS before releasing.

Bruce Talawyma, Chief of Staff – Hopi Chairman’s Office has also been identified as Liaison by Edison Tu’tsi, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center – Hopi Emergency Response Team, as of Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Since April 3, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni has now been receiving the information from Talawyma. Up until that date Tutuveni did not receive any updates from HHCC-IHS or others.

Tutuveni staff as well as the Hopi Emergency Operations Center has consistently been requesting information and updates from HHCC-IHS, which is operating in support of the HHCC – IHS.

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. Again, these are confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at the HHCC-IHS and does not necessarily mean the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We will only publish the data as presented. Release dates and the tables of data sent from Mose A. Herne, Chief Executive Officer – HHCC-IHS to Talawyma, Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Tribal Chairman and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director of the Hopi Tribe are being published as the statistics and data are vital public information.

Tutuveni staff will continue updating the latest reports to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it is received during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. If circumstances allow, the Hopi Tutuveni website will upload updates.

Although we would like to keep Hopi Tutuveni readers up to date, until we receive word from Hopi Tribe’s Management Information Systems staff about after hours and weekend access, we cannot promise any updates during any other times and until we receive communication about internet and email access.

While it is critically important that we do our part to prevent and control the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, the April 15, 2020 publication was distributed only to local stores, post offices and areas accessible by the public for food and other essentials during the Stay-at-Home Order for all residents of the Hopi Reservation. In addition, a limited amount of printed copies were provided to the Shungopavi Security check point staff, to hand out to residents upon entrance to the village and until the supply was depleted.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through May 9, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Receives HHCC-IHS COVID-19 Data Report

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Wednesday, April 15, 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

It is important to clarify that Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) is the primary facility for not only Hopi but also for Kaibab Paiute and Navajo Nation members. No identifying Tribal information has been released by HHCC-IHS. In other words, we’re still not certain how many Hopis are infected other than the one confirmed case by the Hopi village of Bacavi.

As of 11:53 a.m. MST today, Bruce Talawyma, Office of the Hopi Chairman sent information and data from the HHCC-IHS “COVID-19” report to the Hopi Tutuveni in an email. The information was provided to Hopi Tutuveni and KUYI Hopi Radio, in an updated table format below:

The data can be summarized that out of 84 individuals tested (*One patient test was canceled), 20 patients have tested positive, 51 patients have tested negative and 12 are pending.

Also of 9:29 a.m. today, April 15, 2020 just over two hours before the above report was sent, Talawyma sent updated data from the HHCC-IHS “COVID-19” April 14, 2020 report to the Hopi Tutuveni in an email.

The information was provided to Hopi Tutuveni and KUYI Hopi Radio, in an updated table format below:

In the April 15, 2020 printed publication of the Hopi Tutuveni, a list of the “COVID-19” reports for March 27, 2020 up through April 13, 2020 were included. The report have been issued by Talawyma and which were originally sent to Talawyma, Chairman Nuvangyaoma and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director from Mose Herne, HHCC-IHS, since March 27, 2020.

A copy of the April 15, 2020 Hopi Tutuveni publication is available online at https://www.hopi-nsn.gov/news/hopi-tutuveni/ and was distributed today.

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued from HHCC-IHS before releasing.

Bruce Talawyma, Chief of Staff – Hopi Chairman’s Office has also been identified as Liaison by Edison Tu’tsi, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center – Hopi Emergency Response Team, as of Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Since April 3, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni has now been receiving the information from Talawyma. Up until that date Tutuveni did not receive any updates from HHCC-IHS or others.

Tutuveni staff as well as the Hopi Emergency Operations Center has consistently been requesting information and updates from HHCC-IHS, which is operating in support of the HHCC – IHS.

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. Again, these are confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at the HHCC-IHS and does not necessarily mean the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We will only publish the data as presented. Release dates and the tables of data sent from Mose A. Herne, Chief Executive Officer – HHCC-IHS to Talawyma, Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Tribal Chairman and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director of the Hopi Tribe are being published as the statistics and data are vital public information.

Tutuveni staff will continue updating the latest reports to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it is received during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. If circumstances allow, the Hopi Tutuveni website will upload updates.

Although we would like to keep Hopi Tutuveni readers up to date, until we receive word from Hopi Tribe’s Management Information Systems staff about after hours and weekend access, we cannot promise any updates during any other times and until we receive communication about internet and email access.

While it is critically important that we do our part to prevent and control the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, the April 15, 2020 publication was distributed only to local stores, post offices and areas accessible by the public for food and other essentials during the Stay-at-Home Order for all residents of the Hopi Reservation. In addition, a limited amount of printed copies were provided to the Shungopavi Security check point staff, to hand out to residents upon entrance to the village and until the supply was depleted.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through May 9, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Receives HHCC-IHS COVID-19 Data Report

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Tuesday, April 14, 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

As of 9:56 a.m. MST today, Bruce Talawyma, Office of the Hopi Chairman sent information and data from the Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) “COVID-19” report to the Hopi Tutuveni in an email.

The information was provided to Hopi Tutuveni and KUYI Hopi Radio, in an updated table format below:

The data can be summarized that out of 66 individuals tested (*One patient test was canceled), 15 patients have tested positive, 40 patients have tested negative and 10 are pending.

As of today, April 14, 2020 9:17 a.m. MST, HHCC-IHS reported that 8 individuals were tested up to April 13, 2020 and reported at that date and time. The update shows an increase of 2 in the number of patients testing positive and an increase of 3 testing negative, bringing the Cumulative Number of Negative to 40, since the last report sent by HHCC-IHS on Friday, April 10, 2020 at 11:07 a.m. MST.

In the April 15, 2020 printed publication of the Hopi Tutuveni, a list of the “COVID-19” reports which have been issued to Hopi Tutuveni by Talawyma and which were originally sent to Talawyma, Chairman Nuvangyaoma and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director from Mose Herne, HHCC-IHS, since March 27, 2020 are scheduled for published prints.

A copy of the April 15, 2020 Hopi Tutuveni publication will be available online at https://www.hopi-nsn.gov/news/hopi-tutuveni/ and distributed tomorrow.

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued from HHCC-IHS before releasing.

Hopi Tutuveni is being provided the information by Bruce Talawyma, Chief of Staff – Hopi Chairman’s Office who has also been identified as Liaison by Edison Tu’tsi, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center – Hopi Emergency Response Team and as of Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Since April 3, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni has now been receiving the information from Talawyma. Up until that date Tutuveni did not receive any updates from HHCC-IHS or others.

Tutuveni staff as well as the Hopi Emergency Operations Center has consistently been requesting information and updates from HHCC-IHS, which is operating in support of the HHCC – IHS – Incident Command Center.

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. These are confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at the HHCC-IHS and does not necessarily mean the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We will only publish the data as presented. Release dates and the tables of data sent from Mose A. Herne, Chief Executive Officer – Hopi Health Care Center (HHCC) to Talawyma, Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Tribal Chairman and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director of the Hopi Tribe are being published as the statistics and data are vital public information.

Tutuveni staff will continue updating the latest reports to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it is received during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Although we would like to keep Hopi Tutuveni readers up to date, until we receive word from Hopi Tribe’s Management Information Systems staff about after hours and weekend access, we cannot promise any updates during any other times and until we receive communication about internet and email access.

While it is critically important that we do our part to prevent and control the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, the April 1, 2020 publication was distributed only to local stores, post offices and areas accessible by the public for food and other essentials during the Stay-at-Home Order for all residents of the Hopi Reservation.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through May 9, 2020.

Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Hopi Tribal Government Shutdown Extended to May 9, 2020 per Hopi Executive Order No. 002.1-2020

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at approximately 1:36 p.m. Yolanda Baca, Executive Assistant, Office of the Chairman sent out an email with the “Executive Order No. 002.1-2020” file attached. The Executive Order further titled “Extension of Executive Order No. 002-2020 – Stay at Home Order for all residents of the Hopi Reservation to continue to limit and control the COVID-19 spread.” stated that the Chairman of the Hopi Tribe directs that Executive Order 002-2020 shall be extended beyond April 17, 2020 and remain in immediate effect through May 9, 2020, unless otherwise extended…SO ORDERED this 14th day of April 2020.”

In addition to including the Hopi Executive Order No. 002.1-2020, Baca also included instructions to recipients to “Please post and share.” (See below for Executive Order No. 002.1-2020)

Just under twenty-four hours, the day before, Baca also sent an email with a Memorandum being issued from Timothy L. Nuvangyaoma, Chairman, Clark W. Tenakhongva, Vice Chairman and Dorma L. Sahneyah, Executive Director to “ALL HOPI TRIBAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES” dated April 13, 2020 with subject line, “Extension of Tribal Government Shutdown.”

The one-page memorandum referenced the March 20, 2020 “Directive…that all employees, except essential staff, shall telework or work at home” which was to remain in effect until this Friday, April 17, 2020. Therefore, the Memorandum issued to Hopi Tribal employees, effective on April 13, 2020 extended the Hopi Tribal government shutdown through May 8, 2020.

Hopi Tutuveni staff contacted Baca to inquire about the differences in the Shutdown Extended dates and received the reply, “Any questions can be addressed with Dorma for employees.” Further inquiries to the Incident Commander and Hopi Emergency Operations Center regarding reasons for the differing Shutdown Extended dates went unanswered as of the publication submission deadline.

The Hopi Executive Order No. 002.1-2020 and the memorandum referenced efforts to prevent and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the high rate of cases in the surrounding “Navajo Nation”…”which is creating a high level of anxiety throughout Hopi.”

Employees were also informed, via the Memorandum that the Hopi Tribe’s Finance Department is working to “make sure all employees will be paid during this extension period.” And all employees were reminded to be available during regular work days and to be able to report to work within an hour of being notified.

The Hopi Tutuveni landing page located on the Hopi Tribe website at https://www.hopi-nsn.gov/news/hopi-tutuveni/ is being updated as official notifications from the Tribal Government are being received.

Due to the increased amount of information being shared and because the Hopi Tutuveni is considered the official newspaper for the public’s information, updates from Hopi Chairman and Vice Chairman’s Offices regarding measures being taken to address Covid-19 on the Hopi reservation will be posted when information becomes available.

Hopi Tribal Government Shutdown Extended to May 8, 2020

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Monday, April 13, 2020 at approximately 4:13 p.m. Yolanda Baca, Executive Assistant, Office of the Chairman sent out an email with a Memorandum being issued from Timothy L. Nuvangyaoma, Chairman, Clark W. Tenakhongva, Vice Chairman and Dorma L. Sahneyah, Executive Director dated April 13, 2020 with subject line, “Extension of Tribal Government Shutdown.”

In addition to noting the update to the Extension of the Tribal Government Shutdown in the email message, Baca also noted, “Please share with fellow Hopi Tribal Employees who are not receiving/checking their emails.”

The one-page memorandum referenced the March 20, 2020 “Directive…that all employees, except essential staff, shall telework or work at home” which was to remain in effect until this Friday, April 17, 2020. Therefore, the newly issued Memorandum, effective today has now been extended through May 8, 2020.

The memorandum also explained that the extension is necessary to continue protecting the health, safety and well-being of Hopi Tribal Government employees and the general Hopi public. It also acknowledged that “Navajo Nation is experiencing a high rate of COVID-19 cases, which is creating a high level of anxiety throughout Hopi.”

Employees were also informed, via the Memorandum, that the Hopi Tribe’s Finance Department is working to “make sure all employees will be paid during this extension period.” And all employees were reminded to be available during regular work days and to be able to report to work within an hour of being notified.

The Hopi Tutuveni landing page located on the Hopi Tribe website at https://www.hopi-nsn.gov/news/hopi-tutuveni/ is being updated as official notifications from the Tribal Government are being received.

Due to the increased amount of information being shared and because the Hopi Tutuveni is considered the official newspaper for the public’s information, updates from Hopi Chairman and Vice Chairman’s Offices regarding measures being taken to address Covid-19 on the Hopi reservation will be posted.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Requests HHCC-IHS COVID-19 Data Report

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Monday, April 13, 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

As of 5:12 p.m. MST today, Hopi Tutuveni requested updates and data from Bruce Talawyma, Office of the Hopi Chairman about the Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) “COVID-19” report an email.

The information typically provided to Hopi Tutuveni and KUYI Hopi Radio, is usually in an updated table format such as the one depicted below:DATE HHCC Number Tested Today Cumulative Number Positive Cumulative Number Negative Total Number in Process TOTAL TESTED

The data is usually summarized for readers and the public. According to Talawyma, in an email reply at 5:48 p.m., “there was a discrepancy in the numbers” reported during a conference call and he would be requesting the information in written format. Talawyma also informed Tutuveni staff that he would share the information as soon as he received it.

The last table of data published by Hopi Tutuveni on April 10, 2020 is as follows:

As of Friday, April 10, 2020 11:08 a.m. MST, HHCC-IHS reported that 2 individuals were tested up to that date and time. The update shows an increase by 1 in number of patients testing positive which was reported as 12 Cumulative Number Positive on April 9, 2020. An increase by 2 of patients testing negative, bringing the Cumulative Number of Negative to 37, since the last report sent by HHCC-IHS on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 11:55 a.m. MST.

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued from HHCC-IHS before releasing.

Hopi Tutuveni is being provided the information by Bruce Talawyma, Chief of Staff – Hopi Chairman’s Office who has also been identified as Liaison by Edison Tu’tsi, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center – Hopi Emergency Response Team and as of Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Since April 3, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni has now been receiving the information from Talawyma. Up until that date Tutuveni did not receive any updates from HHCC-IHS or others.

Tutuveni staff as well as the Hopi Emergency Operations Center has consistently been requesting information and updates from HHCC-IHS, which is operating in support of the HHCC – IHS – Incident Command Center.

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. These are confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at the HHCC-IHS and does not necessarily mean the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We will only publish the data as presented. Release dates and the tables of data sent from Mose A. Herne, Chief Executive Officer – Hopi Health Care Center (HHCC) to Talawyma, Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Tribal Chairman and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director of the Hopi Tribe are being published as the statistics and data are vital public information.

Tutuveni staff will continue updating the latest reports to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it is received during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Although we would like to keep Hopi Tutuveni readers up to date, until we receive word from Hopi Tribe’s Management Information Systems staff about after hours and weekend access, we cannot promise any updates during any other times and until we receive communication about internet and email access.

While it is critically important that we do our part to prevent and control the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, the April 1, 2020 publication was distributed only to local stores, post offices and areas accessible by the public for food and other essentials during the Stay-at-Home Order for all residents of the Hopi Reservation.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through April 17, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Receives HHCC-IHS COVID-19 Data Report

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Friday, April 10, 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

As of 3:38 p.m. MST today, Bruce Talawyma, Office of the Hopi Chairman sent information and data from the Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) “COVID-19” report to the Hopi Tutuveni in an email.

The information was provided to Hopi Tutuveni and KUYI Hopi Radio, in an updated table format below:

The data can be summarized that out of 53 individuals tested, 13 patients have tested positive, 37 patients have tested negative and 3 are pending.

As of today, April 10, 2020 11:08 a.m. MST, HHCC-IHS reported that 2 individuals were tested up to that date and time. The update shows an increase by 1 in number of patients testing positive which was reported as 12 Cumulative Number Positive on April 9, 2020. An increase by 2 of patients testing negative, bringing the Cumulative Number of Negative to 37, since the last report sent by HHCC-IHS on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 11:55 a.m. MST.

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued from HHCC-IHS before releasing.

Hopi Tutuveni is being provided the information by Bruce Talawyma, Chief of Staff – Hopi Chairman’s Office who has also been identified as Liaison by Edison Tu’tsi, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center – Hopi Emergency Response Team and as of Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Since April 3, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni has now been receiving the information from Talawyma. Up until that date Tutuveni did not receive any updates from HHCC-IHS or others.

Tutuveni staff as well as the Hopi Emergency Operations Center has consistently been requesting information and updates from HHCC-IHS, which is operating in support of the HHCC – IHS – Incident Command Center.

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. These are confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at the HHCC-IHS and does not necessarily mean the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We will only publish the data as presented. Release dates and the tables of data sent from Mose A. Herne, Chief Executive Officer – Hopi Health Care Center (HHCC) to Talawyma, Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Tribal Chairman and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director of the Hopi Tribe are being published as the statistics and data are vital public information.

Tutuveni staff will continue updating the latest reports to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it is received during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Although we would like to keep Hopi Tutuveni readers up to date, until we receive word from Hopi Tribe’s Management Information Systems staff about after hours and weekend access, we cannot promise any updates during any other times and until we receive communication about internet and email access.

While it is critically important that we do our part to prevent and control the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, the April 1, 2020 publication was distributed only to local stores, post offices and areas accessible by the public for food and other essentials during the Stay-at-Home Order for all residents of the Hopi Reservation.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through April 17, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Receives HHCC-IHS COVID-19 Data Report

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Thursday, April 9, 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

As of 11:57 a.m. MST today, Bruce Talawyma, Office of the Hopi Chairman sent information and data from the Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) “COVID-19” report to the Hopi Tutuveni in an email.

The information was provided to Hopi Tutuveni and KUYI Hopi Radio, in an updated table format below:

As of today, April 9, 2020 11:55 a.m. MST, HHCC-IHS reported that 3 individuals were tested up to that date and time. The update shows no increase in number of patients testing positive and an increase of 1 testing negative, bringing the Cumulative Number of Negative to 35, since the last report sent by HHCC-IHS on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 12:47 p.m. MST.

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued from HHCC-IHS before releasing.

Hopi Tutuveni is being provided the information by Bruce Talawyma, Chief of Staff – Hopi Chairman’s Office who has also been identified as Liaison by Edison Tu’tsi, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center – Hopi Emergency Response Team and as of Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Since April 3, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni has now been receiving the information from Talawyma. Up until that date Tutuveni did not receive any updates from HHCC-IHS or others. 

Tutuveni staff as well as the Hopi Emergency Operations Center has consistently been requesting information and updates from HHCC-IHS, which is operating in support of the HHCC – IHS – Incident Command Center.

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. These are confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at the HHCC-IHS and does not necessarily mean the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We will only publish the data as presented. Release dates and the tables of data sent from Mose A. Herne, Chief Executive Officer – Hopi Health Care Center (HHCC) to Talawyma, Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Tribal Chairman and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director of the Hopi Tribe are being published as the statistics and data are vital public information.

Tutuveni staff will continue updating the latest reports to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it is received during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Although we would like to keep Hopi Tutuveni readers up to date, until we receive word from Hopi Tribe’s Management Information Systems staff about after hours and weekend access, we cannot promise any updates during any other times and until we receive communication about internet and email access.

While it is critically important that we do our part to prevent and control the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, the April 1, 2020 publication was distributed only to local stores, post offices and areas accessible by the public for food and other essentials during the Stay-at-Home Order for all residents of the Hopi Reservation.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through April 17, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Receives HHCC-IHS COVID-19 Data Report

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Wednesday, April 8 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

As of 2:17 p.m. MST today, Bruce Talawyma, Office of the Hopi Chairman sent information and data from the Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) “COVID-19” report to the Hopi Tutuveni in an email. The information was provided to Hopi Tutuveni and KUYI Hopi Radio, in an updated table format below:

The data can be summarized that out of 48 individuals tested, 12 patients have tested positive, 34 patients have tested negative and 2 are pending.

As of today, April 8, 2020 12:47 p.m. MST, HHCC-IHS reported that 2 individuals were tested up to that date and time. The update shows an increase of 1 more patients testing positive and since the last report sent by HHCC-IHS on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 11:50 a.m. MST.

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued from HHCC-IHS before releasing.

Hopi Tutuveni is being provided the information by Bruce Talawyma, Chief of Staff – Hopi Chairman’s Office who has also been identified as Liaison by Edison Tu’tsi, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center – Hopi Emergency Response Team and as of Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Since April 3, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni has now been receiving the information from Talawyma. Up until that date Tutuveni did not receive any updates from HHCC-IHS or others.

Tutuveni staff as well as the Hopi Emergency Operations Center has consistently been requesting information and updates from HHCC-IHS, which is operating in support of the HHCC – IHS – Incident Command Center.

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. These are confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at the HHCC-IHS and does not necessarily mean the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We will only publish the data as presented. Release dates and the tables of data sent from Mose A. Herne, Chief Executive Officer – Hopi Health Care Center (HHCC) to Talawyma, Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Tribal Chairman and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director of the Hopi Tribe are being published as the statistics and data are vital public information.

Tutuveni staff will continue updating the latest reports to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it is received during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Although we would like to keep Hopi Tutuveni readers up to date, until we receive word from Hopi Tribe’s Management Information Systems staff about after hours and weekend access, we cannot promise any updates during any other times and until we receive communication about internet and email access.

While it is critically important that we do our part to prevent and control the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, the April 1, 2020 publication was distributed only to local stores, post offices and areas accessible by the public for food and other essentials during the Stay-at-Home Order for all residents of the Hopi Reservation.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through April 17, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Receives HHCC-IHS COVID-19 Data Report

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Tuesday, April 7 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

As of 3:42 p.m. MST today, Bruce Talawyma, Office of the Hopi Chairman sent information and data from the Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) “COVID-19” report to the Hopi Tutuveni in an email. The information was provided to Hopi Tutuveni and KUYI Hopi Radio, in an updated table format below:

The data can be summarized that out of 46 individuals tested, 11 patients have tested positive, 32 patients have tested negative and 3 are pending.

As of Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:51 a.m. MST, HHCC-IHS did not report any individuals being tested up to that date and time. The update showed no increase in the number of patients testing positive and since the last report sent by HHCC-IHS on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 1:47 p.m. MST.

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued from HHCC-IHS before releasing.

Hopi Tutuveni is being provided the information by Bruce Talawyma, Chief of Staff – Hopi Chairman’s Office who has also been identified as Liaison by Edison Tu’tsi, Incident Commander of the Emergency Operations Center – Hopi Emergency Response Team and as of Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Since April 3, 2020, Hopi Tutuveni has now been receiving the information from Talawyma. Up until that date Tutuveni did not receive any updates from HHCC-IHS or others.

Tutuveni staff as well as the Hopi Emergency Operations Center has consistently been requesting information and updates from HHCC-IHS, which is operating in support of the HHCC – IHS – Incident Command Center.

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. These are confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at the HHCC-IHS and does not necessarily mean the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We will only publish the data as presented. Release dates and the tables of data sent from Mose A. Herne, Chief Executive Officer – Hopi Health Care Center (HHCC) to Talawyma, Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Tribal Chairman and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director of the Hopi Tribe are being published as the statistics and data are vital public information.

Tutuveni staff will continue updating the latest reports to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it is received during normal business hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Although we would like to keep Hopi Tutuveni readers up to date, until we receive word from Hopi Tribe’s Management Information Systems staff about after hours and weekend access., we cannot promise any updates during any other times and until we receive communication about internet and email access.

While it is critically important that we do our part to prevent and control the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, the April 1, 2020 publication was distributed only to local stores, post offices and areas accessible by the public for food and other essentials during the Stay-at-Home Order for all residents of the Hopi Reservation.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through April 17, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Receives HHCC-IHS COVID-19 Data Report and Village of Bacavi Updated Executive Order

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Monday, April 6 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public regarding COVID-19 information and data.

Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 2:41 p.m. Hopi Tutuveni received a forwarded email from Alfred Lomahquahu, Village of Bacavi CSA, in which he informed recipients that, “There has been a confirmed case of a Village member who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the Village of Bacavi. The Individual is at Tuba City Regional at this time. The village is taking precautionary measures by closing the Village to all Non-residents. We are also mitigating the supply of food and other essentials for the village…We are also working with the Village of Hotevilla due to the close proximity and services we use. Please pas (sic) this to other entities and Boards.”

In addition to providing the above email message an updated April 3, 2020 Executive order #001-2020 Declaration – Shelter in Place for all residents of Bacavi to limit and control the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus and the April 3, 2020 Village of Bacavi Closed notice was provided and stated in part, “Village of Bacavi Board of Directors has closed the Village due to a village member who has tested positive for the COVID-10 (sic) coronavirus.”

As of 6:08 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2020, Bruce Talawyma, Office of the Hopi Chairman sent information and data from the Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) “COVID-19” report to the Hopi Tutuveni in an email.

The information was provided to Hopi Tutuveni and KUYI Hopi Radio, in an updated table format below and the data can be summarized that out of 41 individuals tested, 10 patients have tested positive, 28 patients have tested negative and 3 are pending.

The update which showed an increase of 3 more patients testing positive at HHCC-IHS came just less than thirty hours after the Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:06 a.m. update:

The Hopi Tribe officials are communicating with HHCC-IHS from a government-to-government position and all information must be verified as officially issued from HHCC-IHS before releasing.

Hopi Tutuveni made contact with the HERT Incident Commander, as of Saturday, April 4, 2020, who verified the information above is confirmed by HHCC-IHS and shareable with the public.

The Tutuveni has not received any of this information prior to an April 3, 2020 email sent by Talawyma that morning at 9:56 a.m. Information sent in the April 3, 2020 email was summarized in a press release issued by the Hopi Vice Chairman’s Office on that date and stated, “…the latest figures released by the Indian Health Services (IHS) show that as of the date of publication, out of a total number of 39 individuals tested, 7 patients have tested positive, 21 patients have tested negative and 11 are pending.”

Tutuveni staff as well as the Hopi Emergency Operations Center has consistently been requesting information and updates from HHCC-IHS, which is operating in support of the HHCC – IHS – Incident Command Center.

Sharing of this information lets the public know how many confirmed COVID-19 cases there have been at the HHCC-IHS. These are confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported at the HHCC-IHS and does not necessarily mean the individuals reside on the Hopi reservation itself.

While the Hopi Tutuveni is publishing this information, we do not have information about names, residences, contacts or any other information that would identify the confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We will only publish the data as presented. Release dates and the tables of data sent from Mose A. Herne, Chief Executive Officer – Hopi Health Care Center (HHCC) to Talawyma, Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Tribal Chairman and Dorma Sahneyah, Executive Director of the Hopi Tribe are being published as the statistics and data are vital public information.

Tutuveni staff could not update the latest report to the Hopi Tutuveni website when it was received on April 3, 2020 and due to being blocked out of the Hopi Tribe’s email system.

Access to files from office workstations was also blocked during weekend hours. Tutuveni staff has contacted Hopi Tribe’s Management Information Systems staff since Saturday, April 4, 2020. Requests for any updates and communication about blocks being placed on access to information by essential Tribal employees, needed to fulfill work duties while working remotely and during the Stay-At-Home Order, have gone unanswered as of publication of this article.

While it is critically important that we do our part to prevent and control the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, the April 1, 2020 publication was distributed only to local stores, post offices and areas accessible by the public for food and other essentials during the Stay-at-Home Order for all residents of the Hopi Reservation.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through April 17, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Hopi Tutuveni Provides Communications Aide to Hopi EOC

By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public.

As of Friday, March 27, 2020 Roger Tungovia transferred command to Edison Tu’tsi, who now serves as Incident Commander. It was also reported by Hopi Tutuveni, that a special insert, dedicated to communication from the Hopi Tribe’s “ Emergency Operation Center (EOC)” would be included in the April 1, 2020 publication. The offer was originally presented to Tungovia on Monday, March 23, 2020.

On Tuesday, March 30, 2020 Hopi Tutuveni received an update from Edison Tu’tsi Incident Commander, EOC, Hopi Emergency Response Team (HERT) regarding communications and public information.

Mr. Tu’tsi clarified that in accordance with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirements, the terms being used should be corrected; one being the use of Emergency Operations Center rather than “Incident Command Center.” Mr. Tu’tsi reiterated several times that the Incident Commander, as well as the HERT personnel, will be operating out of the Emergency Operations Center.

Examples of FEMA required documents, such as the ‘ICS CHECKLIST’ for the “FINANCE/ADMINISTRATION SECTION,” which describes incident management activities, primary focus, roles, purpose and tasks was shared with Hopi Tutuveni. The examples gave context to what is required of the Emergency Operations Center personnel since the March 17, 2020 Tribal Emergency Declaration was executed.

The current EOC Staff are: Madeline Sahneyah – Operations, Felicia Yaiva -Finance/Administration, Jolette Arrieta – Logistics, and Greg Sehongva – Planning.

Tu’tsi expressed his gratitude for those who have served with HERT’s EOC thus far and those who may be serving. Tu’tsi is a humble man who also expressed that he is not filling the position as the Incident Commander for notoriety but because of his concern for “the people.” Tu’tsi said, “I want to thank everyone for doing their due diligence, for being together for the HERT and to those who have shared good comments…that’s what makes you more ready, when everyone has good comments and uses common sense. If we all keep it simple and use common sense, we’ll all be better off.”

The Emergency Operations Center is now set up and operating out of the Hopi Wellness Center Conference room located at the Hopi Veteran’s Memorial Center site in Kykotsmovi, Ariz. The Emergency Operations Center can be reached at 928-734-3661 or 928-734-3663. Operational hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. After Hours operations are from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturday – Sunday, depending on the situations at the time. Calls being placed during After Hours can be directed to (928) 229-9395.

Mr. Tu’tsi also communicated that the HERT’s EOC will be;

• Utilizing the most up to date Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for addressing COVID-19.

• Supporting the Hopi Health Care Center, also being identified as the Incident Command Center, because that is where the COVID-19 cases/incidents will be addressed and attended to.

• Providing necessary Personal Protective Equipment needs for Incident Command IHS, First Responders responding to the public at this time.

Mr. Tu’tsi was in agreement and support of providing information to the public via centerfold insert in the Hopi Tutuveni April 1, 2020 Publication, as originally offered. With the latest update from Mr. Tu’tsi, the public is being made aware that the Incident Commander’s insert is for public information and for distribution and use by essential Emergency personnel such as; Hopi Law Enforcement and Incident Command personnel. He requested the following be included in the insert:

• Latest update from the Incident Commander

• The latest CDC guidelines

• The latest Hopi Health Care Center – Indian Health Services (HHCC-IHS) press releases

• Various Village Executive Order/Emergency Plans including; First Mesa Consolidated Villages Resolution #1-2020, Shungopavi Traditional Sovereign Government March 24, 2020 Proclamation and Emergency Response Plan, and the March 23, 2020 Joint Statement: Upper Village of Moenkopi and Moencopi Village (Lower) Emergency Public Announcement – Stay at Home (Shelter in Place).

• Any other pertinent information the Incident Commander deems fit for the public’s information and for distribution and uses by essential Emergency personnel such as; Hopi Law Enforcement and Incident Command personnel.

While it is critically important that we do our part to prevent and control the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, the April 1, 2020 publication will be distributed only to local stores, post offices and areas accessible by the public for food and other essentials during the Stay-at-Home Order for all residents of the Hopi Reservation.

Hopi Tutuveni office remains closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through April 17, 2020. Hopi Tutuveni staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 or 928-401-6435 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATE – Hopi Tutuveni Operations and Publications

By:  Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – The Hopi Tutuveni continues to operate as an essential program of the Hopi Tribe as it provides written and online information, education and a community service to the Hopi villages, communities and public.

While it is critically important that we do our part to prevent and control the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus, the April 1, 2020 publication will be distributed only to local stores, post offices and areas accessible by the public for food and other essentials during the Stay-at-Home Order for all residents of the Hopi reservation.

A special insert, dedicated to communication from the Hopi Tribe’s Incident Command Center, will be included in the April 1, 2020 publication for the public’s information and for distribution and use by essential Emergency personnel such as; Hopi Law Enforcement and Incident Command personnel.

We will continue our mission and efforts at the Hopi Tutuveni to inform, educate and be of community service during this challenging time and because we are in it together. We wish all good health, safety and peace of mind and remind all to stay calm, wash your hands, and help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Hopi Tutuveni office is closed to the public and in accordance with the Tribal Government shutdown requirements through April 17, 2020, however, staff can be reached at 928-734-3281 and e-mails can be sent to [email protected] from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Confirmation Document of COVID-19 Case Tested at Hopi Health Care Center – March 25, 2020

By Hopi Health Care Center

Polacca, Ariz. – Wednesday, March 25, 2020 4:39 p.m.

Hopi Tribal Council Holds Open Session via KUYI Hopi Radio Broadcasting

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Hopi Tribal Council held an open session, following Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines of having only ten individuals within 6 feet of each other at one gathering. In addition, to ensure the public was allowed to listen in, the session was broadcast live on KUYI Hopi Radio at 88.1FM, 89.1FM in the Moencopi Villages area and at kuyi.net live streaming.

Hopi Tribal Council began the session, with Timothy Nuvangyaoma, Chairman calling the meeting to order at 10:09 a.m. MST which led to having Dwayne Secakuku, Interim Tribal Secretary/Village of Bakabi completing Roll Call. Upon completing the Roll it was determined that quorum had been reached.

Chairman Nuvangyaoma described the various items listed on the Agenda, those being; Update from Incident Commander, noting the Hopi community is tuning in via KUYI, discussion on General Counsel Action Items and the need to finish action on the two items, an Action Item on Head Start, and an Action Item addressing funding for the Village of Orayvi to name a few.

Roger Tungovia, Incident Commander, hired on an Emergency Basis and via the Hopi Tribal Executive Order #01-2020 which established the Hopi Emergency Response Team, then provided an verbal update to Tribal Council members counted as being present during the session.

Tungovia described his morning as, “hit the ground running as early as 7:30 a.m.” by answering numerous phone calls which were coming into the Incident Command Center. He informed Tribal Council that he received requests for masks for Resource Enforcement officers and that two had been distributed from the current available supplies. He also mentioned the topic of “FEMA funding” and that the HERT would be going for direct funding, rather than going through the state. He also mentioned the team is looking at what supplies are currently in stock.

Tungovia continued by mentioning that an Operations Chief has been assigned. Staging areas are being considered with one being located in Keams Canyon, Ariz. in addition to having access to the Hopi Veteran’s Memorial Center. All possible staging areas will need to be assessed with the information documented and determinations made if “usable” by the general public. He also mentioned having a meeting with the Nutrition Center which has food available and that the center need help determining how to distribute to the “people.”

 Tribal Council representatives had questions for Tungovia regarding;  setting up two-way radios acquired by First Mesa purposes to utilize during the emergency situation, questions about the water pump situation at the village of Shungopavi and addressing consumption questions, that cooperation and any type of communications and updates need to go through the villages, information coming from IHS and the testing occurring there needing to be more “aggressive” for the concern for police, ambulance and healthcare workers, and water issues at Mishongnovi windmill.

Hopi Nation Halts All Tourism

Just Issued – Hopi Tribal Executive Order#002-2020 Declaration:  Stay-at-Home Order for all Residents of the Hopi Reservation

Office of the Chairman: 928-734-3102

Office of the Vice Chairman: 928-734-3113

Hopi Tribal Government Shutdown Effective March 20, 2020

By:  Romalita Laban, Managing Editor

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – Friday, March 20, 2020 at approximately 4:21 p.m. Philline Talayumptewa, staff member from the Office of the Executive Director sent out an email with a Memorandum attached with subject line, “TRIBAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN” which was to remain in effect until April 17, 2020.

In addition to including files containing the two-page March 20, 2020 Memorandum, signed by Edgar Shupla, Acting Executive Director on behalf of Dorma L. Sahneyah, Executive Director, another file containing a two-page document titled, “Essential Tribal Programs to Remain On-Site”

The memorandum which addresses how Tribal employees are to “work at home or telework” and methods to “track/log” work was described. And, “Rest assured that everyone will continue to get paid.”

In addition, a message that “It is critically important that we do our part to prevent and control the spread of this highly infectious disease by strictly adhering to this directive.” was also included. The memorandum also went into describing that “There is an increased number of cases reported on Navajo, so please stay home as much as possible!” Phone numbers were included in the memorandum and directing any questions to the Office of the Chairman at (928) 734-3102, the Office of the Vice Chairman at (928) 734-3113 or the Executive Director at (480) 408-4114.

The Hopi Tutuveni landing page located on the Hopi Tribe website at https://www.hopi-nsn.gov/news/hopi-tutuveni/ is being updated as official notifications from the Tribal Government are being received. Due to the increased amount of information being shared and because the Hopi Tutuveni is considered the official newspaper for the public’s information, updates from Hopi Chairman and Vice Chairman’s Offices regarding measures being taken to address Covid-19 on the Hopi reservation will be posted.

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