2021 Community Micro Grant Grantees

Antone Secakuku

Traditional Farming Project: Tractor Disk to Plow Fields 

 “I encouraged my son that we should submit an application for the     funding because we did not have a disc to help work our fields and I thought that with a little assistance financially, we would be able to purchase a disc and help our fields and those of others to encourage farming with our general Hopi farming practices.”

Piköswungwa (Bear Strap Clan)

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Cianna Sakeva

Field Fencing Project: Replace Outdated Gate Door for Better Protection of Corn Field

“I wanted to participate in the 2021 Grant Program because of the opportunity to give back. Being apart of the Natwani Coalition and seeing the amazing projects that did come from the Grant Program, I was amazed at what one can do with funds to turn their dream into a reality.”

Tsu’wungwa (Snake Clan)

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Joshua Piestewa

Pasture Canyon Project: Purchase Farming Equipment to Maintain Fields

“Pasture canyon is a great place to farm, with no shortage of water. With the large amount of water, I needed extra equipment to take care of the field. Mainly the weeds as well as the soil. the area in which I farm, has not been farmed in many years, so it needed a lot of attention. Thanks to the grant I was able to purchase a tiller, which will continue to help me clear the way for more crops to grow.”

Qa’öwungwa (Corn Clan)

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Lynette Shupla

Mamant Piklawu Project: Acquire a Piki Stone to Pass on Traditional Knowledge to the Youth

“My project was to help girls and ladies to learn how to make piki or just to get the feel of it. To see their faces when they touch the hot stone. The joy that hey at least touched it. To encourage them to continue and learn. To carry the tradition.”

Qalwungwa (Sun Forehead Clan)

Norman Honie Jr.

East Wepo Farming Project: Irrigation Tank Repair

“I have farmed with my father in the East Wepo area since I was six years old. My father instructed me to never abandon farming so family members and extended family members can consume nawtani for nourishment. We are currently the only ones farming in the area and will continue to do so.”

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Norman Honie Jr.

East Wepo Farming Project: Irrigation Tank Repair

“I have farmed with my father in the East Wepo area since I was six years old. My father instructed me to never abandon farming so family members and extended family members can consume nawtani for nourishment. We are currently the only ones farming in the area and will continue to do so.”

Oomaw’wungwa (Cloud Clan)

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Emma Talashoma

Mill Grinder Project: Purchase Corn Mill to Grind Corn for Ceremonies and Making Food

“I choose to participate in the program because I had missed the opportunity the previous year and now I made sure that I did not miss out on this one. Resources are hard to come by and this is a great source for one that cannot afford to purchase such items.  I choose to purchase to purchase a mill grinder. A mill can help women cut the time in preparing cornmeal, hooma, grinding wheat, toosi, etc.”

Water/Corn Clan

Hopi Substance Abuse Prevention Center

Planting Seeds of Recovery Project

“We chose this project to encourage individuals struggling with addictions and substance use there is activities you can do without substances.  It can be therapeutic when you see your plants growing, knowing that you made it possible.  Seeing your labor prosper also knowing that you grew the food.  You didn't have go buy it at the grocery stores.”

Kykotsmovi, AZ

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Phillip Scott

Season Extending Project:

“My family's growing project for this summer is to construct a greenhouse that will be used to prepare and grow transplants for our family and other growers in our community. The main purpose of our proposed project is to be able to continue to support growing our own food as long as possible in the long run. Our current farms and gardens supply our family with enough fresh veggies throughout the main growing season that it cuts our grocery list down by a noticeable amount.”

Kyarwungwa (Parrot Clan)

Hopi Assisted Living Facility

Raise Bed Gardening Project

“I choose this project because of our residents being native American and a part of their history of planting and growing to harvesting to their table. Eating what they grew and nutritional items into their diets. Creating a nice relaxing area to enjoy the plants and production of their beauty surrounding the plaza area.”

Upper Moenkopi

Seymour Lomakema

Wind Screen/Irrigation Project: Construct a System to Support Wind Protection and Tank Irrigation to Fields

"Increasing winds and long droughts due to climate change makes it increasingly difficult to grow your crops. We have to adapt and integrate with what we already know. Due to climate change need to assist our plants with irrigation..to continue the practice of Hopi farming with assistance from clan brothers and nephews. 

Water/Corn Clan