Nurture - Protect - Respect

We envision a world where Humanity values, cares for, respects, protects, and nurtures our Mother Earth while ensuring abundance for future generations. 



Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture is a community Indigenous-led non-profit based in the Village of Kykotsmovi, located in Northern Arizona on the Indigenous Hopi Reservation. Our mission is to create community-based solutions in order to pass knowledge to future generations and rebuild culturally sustainable and healthy communities. We initiate learning projects that engage, train, and inspire Hopi youth and community to revitalize Hopi culture, knowledge, and traditions. We support Hopi community members in developing leadership skills to strengthen local food systems and to implement sustainable ecological projects within the Hopi community. We aim to provide our community with the tools, training and practical experience needed to rebuild a vibrant community based on traditional Hopi values and worldview.





Executive Director

Lilian, along with her husband Jacobo Marcus founded HTPI in 2004 as a way to develop community leadership and provide opportunities for the Hopi community to develop sustainable solutions to the problems that exist on the reservation. In 2001, Lilian founded the Black Mesa Water Coalition, an organization working to address energy and water exploitation on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations. Lilian has traveled to Italy, Africa, India, Tajikistan, New Zealand, and Mexico learning, sharing her work, and promoting Indigenous self-determination. She has studied at the North American School of Natural Building and has a B.S. Degree from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Applied Indigenous Studies and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Sustainable Communities at NAU. In 2015 Lilian was awarded the Agricultural Humanitarian of Year Award by the Justin Willie Foundation, and recently accepted as a Skoll Foundation Fellow attending the 2019 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford, England. Lilian is a Fellow with the Castanea Fellowship which supports established rural, urban, and tribal leaders across the United States committed to building a healthier, more sustainable, and equitable food system for children, families, and across marginalized communities.



Community Program Assistant

Meg graduated from Northern Arizona University with dual majors in Biology (B.S.) and Psychology (B.A.) with a minor in chemistry. While at NAU, she worked in a stream ecology lab as well as for cellular and molecular biology lab doing research funded by The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention. Since graduating, she has held many interesting jobs including positions at Pine Forest Charter School, the Flagstaff Medical Center, and the Museum of Northern Arizona and also works at the Flagstaff Community Market. She has many passions including sustainability, community investment, environmental stewardship, art, education, and gardening.


Audrey Narindrankura


Audrey is Dine from the community of Hard Rock located on the Navajo Reservation. She has completed the 2018 Hopi/Navajo Small Farmer Train the Trainer Program hosted by Tolani Lake Enterprises. Audrey is a local grower who, along with her partner, maintains a family garden that feeds her family. She also comes from a family of Dine Pastoralists, Water Protectors, and talented weavers. Audrey has worked with HTPI as a Program Assistant and has attended many trainings and conferences on Indigenous Farming and Business Development and has recently accepted a new position as an Instructor for HTPI's Grower Training Program. We are excited to welcome Audrey back to join our team! 



Community Program Coordinator

Jacobo is a father, farmer, bee-keeper, teacher, natural builder and musician. Jacobo is a Certified Orchard-Keeper and Permaculture Designer. Jacobo has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Music and has attended training programs throughout the US and is certified in Permaculture Design, Organic Orchard Restoration, Biodynamic Bee-keeping, Rainwater Harvesting, and Natural Building. Jacobo enjoys working with the Hopi community, caring for bees and fruit trees, spending time with his family, and playing music.




Jaren is Hopi/Dine and is a recent graduate of Dartmouth College. He has completed the 2018 Hopi/Navajo Small Farmer Train the Trainer Program hosted by Tolani Lake Enterprises. Jaren is a local farmer who continues to nurture traditional heirloom seeds and fruit trees at his family farm in Moenkopi. Jaren is also a talented weaver who specializes in creating traditional Hopi and Dine belts, rugs, and traditional woven clothing. Jaren is an alumni of the Hopi Permaculture Apprenticeship Program and has recently accepted a new position as an Instructor for HTPI's Grower Training Program.

Board of Directors

Valerie Nuvayestewa-President

Ryan Tafoya-Vice President

Carrie Sakeva-Treasurer

Samantha Honani-Secretary

Marshall Masayesva

Maree Mahkewa

Alyssa Fredericks

Ron Hubert

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We are working to heal, transform, and transcend hearts and minds beyond the confines of colonization to change our collective outlook towards life to awaken, rejuvenate, and reimagine our communities.