Shingoitewa and Vice Chairman Herman Honanie, saying
these two officers proclaimed that they would "be
accountable in working for the Hopi people and be fully
open with their leadership" at all the Hopi public
forums. Harding says this is not occurring and "that no
one is holding their feet to the fire to make them own
up to those campaign promises."
stated, "There are a lot of Hopis who are afraid to
vocalize their opinions to the Hopi Council in person.
They are intimidated [to go] into the executive offices
... because they have been shut out before by the
previous council and this new council group seems so
non-responsive to the Hopi people."
added, "We want to go about showing our concerns in a
diplomatic way, by talking with individuals and getting
together with other groups locally that share our tribal
concerns. Our new group is just looking for answers."
letter delivered to the Hopi Council, several areas of
concern were brought up, including the question of Hopi
Tribal Council not truly representing all of the Hopi
people. The group contends that council decisions are
being currently being made only by representatives from
Sipaulovi and Upper Moencopi villages.
of other concerns were also addressed in the letter.
stated, "We are giving the Hopi Chairman a strict
timeline to come before the Hopi people at our various
villages. He promised he would work for the people and
it's that time now"
says he would be happy to share the original signature
list of the petition containing the signatures of Hopis
and Tewas from all the 12 village populations to anyone
Harding can be contacted
at (928) 255-3360 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.