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.
ABOUT HOPI TUTSKWA PERMACULTURE
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.
HOPI TUTSKWA STAFF, BOARD OF DIRECTORS & COLLABORATORS
Jacobo Marcus - Operations Director
Jacobo is the Operations Director for HTPI, he works to ensure that programming and core operations are functional and sustainable. He continues to co-manage HTPI's Sustainable Homeownership Program. Jacobo is a father, farmer, bee-keeper, teacher, natural builder and musician. He's also a Certified Orchard-Keeper and Certified Permaculture Designer who works in collaboration with many farmers, youth, schools and community members to plant fruit tree orchards and to help restore the supply of fresh fruit and food with in the Hopi villages and schools. Jacobo has a B.A. in Music and has attended many trainings and workshops in permaculture design, orchard restoration, bee-keeping, greywater/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
Carrie Sakeva - Finance Manager
Carrie Sakeva is a member of the Hopi Nation and comes from the Snake Clan from the Village of Sichomovi. Carrie earned her B.S. degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University with years of experience providing her excellent expertise as Business Manager for the Keams Canyon Elementary School. Carrie is an alumni of our Hopi Permaculture Apprenticeship Program, has served as Treasurer on HTPI's Board of Directors and recently joined our team as Financial Manager working with our staff and board to effectively manage our financial resources and assets.
Dana Elridge - Grants Manager
Dana Eldridge is of the Tsenjikini Kinlintsoinii (Honey-Comb Rock People) clan. Dana holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Brown University, and currently lives off-grid on their ancestral family land practicing dry-land farming techniques and learning about traditional food knowledge and plant medicine. Dana spearheaded the Diné Food Sovereignty Initiative at Diné Policy Institute and co-authored “Diné Food Sovereignty: A Report on the Navajo Nation Food System and the Case to Rebuild a Self-Sufficient Food System for the Diné People”. Dana is also an alumni of the Hopi Tutskwa Hopi Food and Farming Summer Internship and brings their expertise and practice as a cutting edge researcher and writer to build and steward our Grants Management programming.
CiAnna Sakeva - Community Program Coordinator
CiAnna Sakeva is a member of the Hopi Nation and comes from the Snake Clan from the Village of Sichomovi. She has years of work experience working in the Hopi community with non-profits and community based initiatives such as the Hopi Foundation and the Hopi Elections Office. In addition CiAnna continues to create and strengthen programs and initiatives that directly benefit the Hopi and Tewa Community. In her previous role she has managed the Hopi Farmers Market and the Hopi Tutskwa CSA, centering local food access and support to Indigenous growers in our region. CiAnna has transitioned from this role into a core leadership staff position to provide leadership in ensuring that HTPI's programs are community-led and impactful.
Maree Mahkewa - Land Steward Fellowship Coordinator
Maree Mahkewa is a recent graduate of Northern Arizona University (NAU) receiving her B.A. in Environmental Sustainability Studies and minoring in Psychology and Sustainable and Resilient Communities. Her Hopi name is Paaqupmana which means Bamboo/Reed Girl. She is a member of the Hopi Nation and comes from the Corn Clan in the Village of Tewa. Maree is part of the inaugural cohort of the Center for Native American Youth’s Ambassadors for Land Conservation. Maree is focused on developing a community-based Fellowship Program focused on supporting Land Stewardship. Maree is also involved in many community-based projects such as the First Mesa Inaugural Earth Day Clean-Up and the First Mesa Erosion Control Project, initiatives to beautify and steward Hopi Ancestral Lands.
Hawthorne Dukepoo - Assistant Builder and Workkshop Instructor
Hawthorne is from the Village of Kykostmovi and a member of the Tobacco (Pipwungwa) Clan. He is a dedicated farmer, water harvester and orchardist. Hawthorne has studied Forestry and practiced restoration techniques throughout the landscape. He was born into a family of farmer's, builders and permaculturalists and lives in a passive solar hybrid stone, cob and straw bale home surrounded by gardens, trees and bees in Kykotsmovi. Hawthorne loves to spend time outdoors and is an avid fisherman.
Tyral Roland - Hopi Food & Farming Program Coordinator Tyrral is Spider Clan and from the village of Sipaulavi on Second Mesa. He is a great artist and comes from a long line of great farmer's.
Ronson Kallestewa - Construction Crew Member
Arvin Fredericks - Construction Remodel Supervisor
HTPI BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our Board consists of community leaders who are active and contributing members to our
community and are working towards developing the capacity and longevity of HTPI. We are proud and fortunate to work collaboratively with our current Board of Directors to strengthen capacity and initiatives.
Valerie Nuvayestewa is Hopi/Tewa, Corn clan, from the village of Tewa. She currently works as an Elderly Coordinator for the Village of Tewa Administration in Polacca Arizona and also as a part-time Americorps under the University of Arizona, Hopi Agricultural Extension Agent, in which she assists in gardening and growing programs with STEM education related to this area. Valerie is a former Diabetes Prevention Educator, Department of Health and Human Services and is an alumnus of the Hopi Foundations’, Hopi Leadership Program (HLP) which was designed to grow strong, effective and culturally grounded professionals at Hopi by using a model based on Hopi culture and western education. She has received certifications in Diabetes education and is a Native Youth Fitness trainer and Health Coach. Valerie is also a current Community Advisory Board (CAB) member for the Natwani Coalition, a non-profit group that helps support agricultural sustainability in the Hopi community; she is a member of the Hopi Food Co-op, a board member of Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture, and the Unite to End Violence-Native Women’s Empowerment Group, She has recently been added to the Land Healers Foundation, whose protection of traditional cultural and environmental knowledge is restoring faith in healing themselves and their sacred lands. Knowing that ensuring continuity of ancestral values is essential to the future of indigenous communities, Valerie draws from her unique background and experiences growing up with a traditional lifestyle on the Hopi reservation where she incorporates Hopi knowledge and nutrition within the schools and communities.
Ryan Tafoya-Vice President
Ryan Tafoya is from the Jicarilla Apache reservation and grew up in Dulce, New Mexico. He and his wife Alyssa have been residing in Hopi since 2015 and currently live in Polacca with their two-year-old son, Rael. Ryan currently works as Marketing Manager for The Hopi Foundation (HF) and also provides contract communications services. He previously worked as Marketing and Special Events Manager for the Hopi Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) and also has prior experience in wildland firefighting, maintenance, construction, warehouse management, and accounting. Ryan received his bachelor’s degree in English-Communications from Fort Lewis College in 2012. He is a member of the Hopi Food Co-op and sometimes volunteers for the Hopi Farmers’ Market. Although he has never served on a board, he has experience in working with nonprofit boards in his work with HEEF and HF.Ryan’s interests include reading, foreign languages, writing, being outdoors, woodworking, strengthening Native communities, humor, music, art, video games, journalism, driving, and helping others.