The Hopi people established the Hopi Tribal Council on Dec. 19, 1936, with the adoption of the Hopi Constitution and By-Laws. According to the constitution, the Hopi Tribal Council has the power and authority to represent and speak for the Hopi Tribe in all matters for the welfare of the Tribe, and to negotiate with federal, state and local governments, and with the councils or governments of other tribes.
Today’s current council consists of 22 representatives from the villages of Upper Moenkopi, Bacavi, Kykotsmovi, Sipaulovi, First Mesa Consolidated Villages (Walpi, Sitchumovi and Tewa), and Mishongnovi. Currently, the villages of Shungopavi, Oraibi, Hotevilla, and Lower Moenkopi do not have a representative on council. Representatives to the council are selected either by a community election or by an appointment from the village kikmongwi, or leader. Each representative serves a two-year term.
The Hopi Tribal Government is a unicameral government where all the powers are vested in the Tribal Council. While there is an executive branch (tribal chairman and vice chairman) and judicial branch, their powers are limited under the Hopi Constitution.
Please feel free to contact the Hopi Tribal Council via Barbara Lomayestewa, Staff Assistant, at 928-734-3135, or by email at [email protected] for more information.
The general email box for Hopi Tribal Council members is [email protected]
Hopi Tribal Council – 2018
Chairman: Timothy L. Nuvangyaoma
Vice Chairman: Clark W. Tenakhongva
Tribal Secretary: Theresa Lomakema
Tribal Treasurer: Wilfred L. Gaseoma
Sergeant-at-Arms: Alfonso Sakeva, Sr.
Village of Upper Moenkopi
Philton Talahytewa, Sr.
Village of Bakabi
Village of Kyakotsmovi
Phillip Quochytewa, Sr.
Herman G. Honanie
Village of Sipaulavi
Village of Mishongnovi
First Mesa Consolidated Villages
Albert T. Sinquah
Alfonso Sakeva Sr.