With a little over 18 months until the Hopi Tribal election, who are the potential candidates for 2021?

Currently, Tim Nuvangyaoma and Clark Tenakhongva, are serving as Chairman and Vice-Chairman. Here is a little information on their 2017 campaigns.

Chairman Nuvangyaoma:

Chairman Timothy Nuvangyaoma (New-vong-ya-ma) was elected as chairman of the Hopi Tribe in November 2017. His platform is to build a sustainable and diverse economy while ensuring that Hopi Tribal government is responsive to the voices and needs of its people. Prior to becoming Chairman, he worked in finance and as a wildland fire fighter. In addition, he was a volunteer for KUYI, the Hopi reservation-based radio station, which strives to reaffirm respect for tradition by
“preserving language and culture in a contemporary context.”

Nuvangyaoma’s platform has centered around village sovereignty and community involvement as well as addressing substance and alcohol abuse in the tribe.

Nuvangyaoma has said he opposes having a coal based economy for the tribe and said coal has caused damage to the Hopi aquifer and environment. He said mining is not sustainable and Hopi needs a sustainable economy.

During an Oct. 11 debate, Nuvangyaoma said the next chairman needs to come in with an open mind while listening to the community and staff.

Additionally, in September, Nuvangyaoma said the election is a decision by the people.

“They (Hopi/Tewa people) are electing somebody here. This is who they are choosing to put into the tribal government to lead them in a positive direction. Their voices need to be heard. They need to be part of our tribal government also. They deserve the right to know what’s going on within our tribal government,” he said. “I want them to know that this is their choice. They are voting somebody in. Don’t be manipulated by somebody else’s decision. Vote from your heart and look at who’s going to do something for you. Who’s going to do something for the future of our kids.”

Vice-Chairman Tenakhongva

Tenakhongva, who is retired from the Veteran’s Administration, has campaigned for finding alternative revenue sources for the tribe and said he does not support the coal industry. Other priorities for Tenakhongva include language and culture preservation and education reform. He has also said the tribe should be more transparent in order for the Hopi people to be informed and involved.

Tenakhongva, a singer and recording artist who worked with veterans after serving in the U.S. Army, ran unsuccessfully for tribal chairman in 2009. He has said he would work on education issues and developing renewable resources.

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