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Flagstaff, AZ

Hopi Chairman Testifies Before the U.S. Senate on Water R...

6.28.10 (Washington, D.C.) – Testifying today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs’ Roundtable on Examining the Future of Water in Indian Country, Hopi Tribal Chairman LeRoy N. Shingoitewa said there is a proposed water rights settlement for the Little Colorado River that the Hopi Tribe is now considering, even though it does not yet meet the Tribe’s needs on a sustainable basis. Shingoitewa said that three weeks ago, the Department of the Interior held a “listening session” in Phoenix to help it determine how to allocate approximately 43,500 acre-feet per year of Central Arizona Project non-Indian agriculture water and nearly 10,000 acre-feet per year of other prioritized non-Indian agricultural water to address tribal water rights. He said with 10 tribes competing for this small amount of very junior, interruptible water -- it is not nearly enough water to address all the tribes’ needs. Additionally, the latter water source would only be available for 100 years. Shingtoitewa pointed out that the federal interpretation of the Winters Doctrine now has a number of conditions and qualifications that are not a part of the original doctrine. The original document stems from a 1908 U.S. Supreme Court ruling stating that an Indian reservation may reserve water for future use in an amount necessary to fulfill the purpose of the reservation, with a priority dating from the treaty that established the reservation. In the case of the Hopi Tribe, this would be 1882, the date the Tribe was originally established. “Who added the conditions and qualifications on the Winters Doctrine and when did they do it?” he asked. Specifically, he cited the following “new” interpretations to the Winters Doctrine: • That the purposes need to be limited to a small portion of the water available. • That the tribes have to compete with one another for that small portion. • That the rights provided should be the most junior and least secure. • That the projects to deliver that water can be postponed indefinitely. • That it is okay for tribes to have unhealthy amounts of uranium and arsenic in their water supplies. • That the yardstick against which federal trust obligations should be measured is a potential federal liability for failing to properly and timely act to secure a tribe’s water rights. “These conditions and qualifications appear to be federal policy today, and they need to be repealed,” Shingoitewa said. “The federal government needs to step up and address the real water problems faced on reservations today, including those faced by the Hopi Tribe and the other tribes represented at this meeting.” The Hopi Tribe has been in litigation over water rights for several decades and has been engaged in water right settlement discussions for more than 13 years.  (Jun 29, 2011 | post #1)

Flagstaff, AZ

Hopi Tribe Assesses 26 Bar Ranch After Wallow Fire

Springerville, Ariz. – The Wallow Fire, the largest wild fire in Arizona history, skirted the Hopi Tribe’s 26 Bar Ranch. Back on June 7 with flames drawing close, the tribe had relocated a herd of 400 cattle to an area located in the Coconino National Forest near Mormon Lake, where they will remain for the duration of the summer. All but two of the cattle have been accounted for. None of the 26 Bar Ranch’s five buildings, including the current homes of two cowboys who work the ranch and their families and a house that belonged to John Wayne, were lost due to the fire. “We extend our deepest sympathies to the families, our neighbors in the area, who have been impacted by the Wallow Fire,” said LeRoy N. Shingoitewa, chairman of the Hopi Tribe. “And we owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to the courageous firefighters who put their lives on the line to protect the Hopi Tribe’s property.” More than 2,300 firefighters have been battling the blaze, which has consumed nearly 550,000 acres in Arizona and New Mexico. The 26 Bar Ranch, known for its tradition of producing top quality Hereford cattle, was started by John Wayne and his partner Louis Johnson. The Hopi Tribe acquired the working ranch in 1997. In addition to the 26 Bar Ranch, The Hopi Tribe owns three other ranches: the Clear Creek Ranch, south of Winslow off State Route 87, Aja Ranch, south of Winslow off State Route 99 and the Heart and Drye Ranches near Twin Arrows.  (Jun 28, 2011 | post #1)

Flagstaff, AZ

Hopi Tribe issues request for proposals for investment ma...

Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – The Hopi Tribe has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for independent professional investment management services. The RFP, along with the Hopi Tribe’s Investment Policy Objectives and Guidelines, are available at Proposals are due July 22, 2011. Specifically, the tribe is seeking a firm to manage the tribe’s fund assets in accordance with the Investment Policy Objectives and Guidelines of the Hoi Tribe. It includes working closely with the tribe’s treasurer and regular dialogue with the tribal council. Firms owned by the Native Americans will receive preferential consideration, but it is not a requirement for submission. Hopi Tribe Chairman LeRoy N. Shingoitewa said this is just another step in the right direction regarding the tribe’s fiscal management and accountability. “We are making progress in reforming some of our governmental procedures, particularly in the budgeting and financial management areas,” Shingtoitewa said. “We are moving toward higher accountability and reporting levels and the process of evaluating and selecting an investment management firm is an example of that.” The evaluation and selection process is expected to take several weeks once the proposals are submitted.  (Jun 23, 2011 | post #1)

Flagstaff, AZ

Hopi Senom Transit System operator defends state title; p...

Hopi Senom Transit System driver Shawn Silas captured first place in the Arizona Rural Roadeo, a statewide competition for transit drivers. The win, marking his second-consecutive Arizona championship, qualified him for the National Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) Roadeo in Indianapolis, where he placed 13th. The national competition featured 57 of the best public transportation drivers across the country. This was Silas’ second appearance at the national event. Both the Arizona and the national roadeos consist of a written test, an obstacle course and safety skill demonstration. Contestants are judged on their maneuvering, backing-up and braking abilities. “The most important part is the verbal portion of the competition, then knowing how to control your vehicle on the course,” said Silas, who is in his third year with the Hopi Senom Transit System. “I think people let their nerves get in the way, but I just relax and have fun with it.” Judy Polingyumptewa, transit administrator for the Hopi Tribe, praised Silas’ accomplishments. “Two years in a row means a lot for our reservation,” Polingyumptewa said. “The roads here are really different than those in the city. (Silas) is a dedicated and skilled driver who can improvise on our roads, making him very unique.” Hopi Chairman LeRoy N. Shingoitewa said Shawn’s professionalism is a reflection of Judy’s leadership of the Hopi Senom Transit System. “The Hopi Tribe is proud of Shawn’s work,” Shingoitewa said. “He is an excellent example of how hard work and dedication can pay off. This casts a positive light not only on Shawn, but on all of the Hopi people.” Silas, who has been honored with various luncheons, looks forward to next year’s competition. “You never know, maybe someone will step in next year and beat me. But that’s how I play it – it’s a great experience.” The Hopi Senom Transit System operates two fixed routes servicing medical, employment, commercial, human service programs and low income or public housing locations to and from Keams Canyon, Moencopi, Flagstaff, Tuba City and Kykotsmovi. The transit service also provides vanpool type service between Flagstaff and Kykotsmovi.  (Jun 21, 2011 | post #1)

Flagstaff, AZ

Hopi Woman Graduates, Becomes Hopi Ranger

Casa Grande, Ariz. – Hopi Tribe member Marlaina Joe recently graduated from the Central Arizona Regional Law Officers Training Academy (CARLOTA) and has become the newest Hopi Ranger. An 18-week, 720-hour training program helped prepare the 23-year-old from Walpi for her duties as a Hopi Ranger, in which she will practice law enforcement, perform agricultural inspections, regulate animal affairs and help with archaeological conservation on the reservation. Joe has been an aspiring law enforcement official since she was “old enough to know what it was.” “It’s been a long time dream,” Joe said. Achieving her dream wasn’t an easy task. CARLOTA, which is located on Central Arizona College’s campus in Casa Grande, runs a military style program, requiring early morning physical training before attending a full day of classes. The students wear uniforms and are discouraged from fraternizing with the other college students not in CARLOTA, which can be a detrimental distraction. “I studied a lot and stayed focused on my work,” Joe said. “But it was worth it. What you put into it is what you get out of it. It wasn’t given to me, I had to earn it!” While at CARLOTA, Joe’s coursework included: Criminal Justice System, Ethics & Professionalism, Laws of Arrest, Search & Seizure, Rules of Evidence, Juvenile Law & Procedures, Constitutional Law, High Risk Stops, Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs, Crime Prevention, Impaired Driver Cases, Stress Management and Vehicle & Pursuit Operations. Joe said she is thrilled to start her career as a Hopi Ranger. She is especially excited about regulating animals and caring for their well-being. As for future students: “My advice would be to study hard, be prepared every day and expect the unexpected.” Hopi Tribe Chairman LeRoy N. Shingoitewa, who attended the CARLOTA graduation ceremony, said Joe is an inspiration. “It was certainly a proud moment for Marlaina, her family and our tribe,” Shingoitewa said. “When we see the results of hard work and determination come to fruition, particularly in a career such as law enforcement, we can say with pride that she is a role model.”  (Jun 17, 2011 | post #1)

Phoenix, AZ

FREE clinics with the Arizona Academy Drum and Bugle Corps

WHAT: The Arizona Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, a nationally elite class of marching instrumental groups, along with the Maricopa High School band program, is offering FREE clinics along with a community performance at Maricopa High School. In these clinics, students ages 12-19 with instrumental experience will get to work with Academy members, learn to march and play a portion of the Academy’s show on the field. For younger children, there will be a instrument demonstration and petting zoo. Food will be available from the Maricopa Band Boosters concession stand. Proceeds will support the Maricopa High School band program. WHO/WHEN: The Arizona Academy Drum and Bugle Corps Maricopa High School band program Saturday, June 25th Clinics begin at 2 p.m. 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. demonstration and petting zoo for younger children 2:30- 7 p.m. clinic for students with instrumental experience 7:00-8:00 p.m. community performance WHERE: Maricopa High School 45725 West Honeycutt Avenue Maricopa, AZ 85139 /3bq82zq COST: FREE clinics $5 admission to the community performance. FREE admission for Children under 5 and those who participated in the clinics MORE INFORMATION: The Arizona Academy Drum and Bugle Corps are a group of young, elite marching musicians who compete at the national and international, Division I level. 2011 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Drum and Bugle Corps and will field the strongest, hardest working corps we have ever assembled. For more information on the Academy or Drum Corps International, visit or www.arizonaacademy .org The Maricopa Unified School District in Maricopa, Arizona is located near Phoenix and serves students in Maricopa and the surrounding areas. MUSD is dedicated to employ only high-quality teachers at our nine outstanding schools and facilities. It is our mission to provide exceptional learning opportunities for every student and our vision to educate tomorrow’s leaders. For more information about MUSD, enrollment and map of boundaries, please visit http://www.maricop  (Jun 17, 2011 | post #1)

Phoenix, AZ

Arizona Calling – Share Something Amazing

Summer is approaching and the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) is marking the occasion with the return of the agency’s popular in-state travel summer promotion, ValueAZ. ValueAZ is a one-stop-Web site listing for all the incredible travel deals and packages that can be found throughout the Grand Canyon State this summer. As a new component of the ValueAZ promotion, many of the travel deals and packages listed will feature Arizona’s Centennial theme. In addition to launching ValueAZ, AOT in collaboration with the Governor’s Task Force on Tourism and Economic Vitality will launch “Arizona Calling – Share Something Amazing,” an ePostcard campaign featuring iconic Arizona images. Both campaigns will begin May 7, 2011. The ePostcard campaign features vibrant imagery of the Grand Canyon State that gives residents and travelers the opportunity to share Arizona’s beauty with others. With customizable messages, email ePostcards can be sent to friends and family around the globe at no cost. The ePostcard is available through www.Arizonaguide.c om. “ValueAz and Arizona Calling are great ways to showcase all that Arizona has to offer, not only to our residents but to our out-of-town visitors as well,” said Sherry Henry, AOT director and chair of the Governor’s Task Force. “As summer approaches and families are making vacation plans, ValueAZ offers exceptional travel deals across the state and what better way to say to family and friends ‘wish you were here’ than with a beautiful electronic postcard featuring photography of some of Arizona’s most beautiful tourist attractions.”  (May 6, 2011 | post #1)

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