Hopi Tutuveni Presents at Hopi Tribal Council Priority Setting Work Session
By: Romalita Laban, Managing Editor
Moencopi, Ariz. – Monday, April 22, 2019 through April 25, 2019 Hopi Tribal Council (Council) held a work session to, according to the Work Session Agenda’s “Purpose of Work Session…Establish Hopi Tribal Council priorities consistent with the Hopi Tribe’s overarching goals and objectives based on updates to the Hopit Potskwaniat and information shared in presentations.”
The Hopi Tutuveni was invited to present on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. along with other two other Regulated Entities, those being the Hopi Election Board and Hopi Veterans Services, with each having thirty minutes to present. Due to other Hopi Tribal departments and/or programs going over the time allotted for their presentation, Hopi Tutuveni did not present until 1:00 p.m.
Although Tutuveni staff and Board were not provided detailed instructions about how to prepare for the presentation, it was explained to Council that the information received from the Executive Director’s Office staff email invite “to present your priorities/challenges and update of the goals & objectives related to the Hopit Potskwaniat”, is how the PowerPoint presentation was fashioned.
As part of the presentation to Council, Hopi Tutuveni staff and George Mase, Editorial Board member provided introductions before continuing with the presentation. Under the Priorities headline, a brief explanation of how Tutuveni staff and Board came up with the current mission to educate, inform and be a community service to the Hopi people by way of meeting and discussing various terms used to describe Hopi Tutuveni. As an added step Tutuveni staff interjected the following terms; Impact, Symbol, Informs, Entrusted, Community, Relevance, Connection, Resource, Hopi and Tewa first, Integrity, Historical Mark, Democracy, Accurate, Balanced, Knowledge, News, Educated, Making tracks (leaving imprint), Literacy, and Unbiased, into Word Clouds to provide another means of depicting what Hopi Tutuveni could be to the Hopi people.
A brief description of issues to consider when working toward initiatives of becoming a self-sustaining Native non-profit, was also provided to Council in the following bulleted list:
- Native non-profits are severely underfunded and short-staffed. It takes years and years to elevate an organization to sustainability and sufficiency, but everyone expects overnight solutions–which is completely unrealistic and often based upon western values.
- It’s important for everyone to step back, reevaluate the purpose and assess the internal/external assets and really identify a clear pathway.
- The daily processes can eat up an organization, both in inefficient use of time and resources, unless everyone in the organization can see a vision and pathway for success–and that success includes fostering an environment that nurtures the employees, board and stakeholders of the organization.Hopi Tutuveni Priorities included ensuring transparency, be the eyes, ears and voice for those not able to be present, to document, share and educate tribal members about our Hopi people’s stories, presence and existence and to ensure self-sustainability via economic development in the areas of written and internet media.
As far as challenges were concerned, Hopi Tutuveni staff reported to Council the following:
- No sure notification about continual budget – limits on opportunity and foresight
- Limiting policies which do not allow for consulting agreements with potential community writers, i.e. Revenue Commission fees/assurance
- Limited information technology systems
- Limited printing vendors
- Outdated tribal government systems which are archaic and bureaucratic in nature – Every aspect
With regard to Hopi Tutuveni 2019 Goals and Objectives (Related to the Hopi Potskwaniat), it was reported that first and foremost: Hopi Tutuveni is not even named in the latest 2011 Version of the Hopit Potskwaniat. However, we mentioned that there are references to the need for Public Relations and Information sharing with the people via Press Releases.
Tutuveni staff finally reported that due to the budget cuts and not having a clear direction as to what the economic future holds for the Hopi Tribe some of the 2019 Goals and Objectives, which were submitted with the 2019 Budget Submission process, have been put on hold. Some of which, included hiring of additional staff to aid the two currently employed staff of Hopi Tutuveni.
Although it was reported, although some goals and objectives were placed on hold, that did not deter Tutuveni staff from accomplishing the following, even on a budget that had been cut during the last budgeting process:
- New Layout – Refined, categorized, reader-friendly
- Increased Indian Country News section
- 40,000 copies distributed from May-December 2018
- 2019 Goal – 60,000 copies from Jan-Dec
- Continuous Board Membership
- Increased Hopilavayi articles, presence for young and young-at-heart readers
- Increased website use
- Public Relations aide since Hopi Tribe does not have a Public Relations Officer
- Continued advertising revenue
- Continued media community service outlet
- Garnered media partnerships with KUYI Hopi Radio and Navajo-Hopi Observer
- Consulted with Hopi Foundation – non-profit Media Outlet development
- Continued successful well-rounded employed staff
- Coverage of pertinent issues – Water Rights litigation, national monument protection, Tribal Council action updates
- New connections for marketing initiatives
- Introduction of continuously run opinion column
More will be shared about Hopi Tutuveni once we learn what the economic future holds for the program. We appreciate the entire continued readership and will do the best we can with our staff and Board.
Romalita Laban, Managing Editor
Carl Onsae, Assistant Editor
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