Lilian leads the Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture Institute as Executive Director with a focus on growing HTPI's impact locally, regionally, and internationally. Lilian, along with her husband Jacobo, founded HTPI in 2004 as a way to develop community leadership and to provide opportunities for the Hopi community to develop sustainable solutions to the problems that exist on the Hopi 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, New Zealand, Tajikistan, and Mexico learning, sharing her work, and promoting community sustainability models developed by HTPI. She has studied at the North American School of Natural Building and has earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree from Northern Arizona University in Applied Indigenous Studies. She is also currently pursuing her Master's (M.A.) degree in Sustainable Communities at Northern Arizona University. Lilian is a Certified Permaculture Designer and Natural Builder. Lilian is a member of the Tobacco clan and lives in Kykotsmovi Village along with her husband and children in their hand-built Passive Solar Home. In her free time, she writes poetry, prepares delicious meals using locally grown fruits and vegetables, chases chickens, runs sandy trails, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Jacobo is a father, farmer, bee-keeper, teacher, natural builder and musician. Jacobo is 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 within 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, grey water/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.
Meg Kabotie Adakai is to helping grow HTPI’s operational capacity to increase food security and economic wellbeing of the Hopi community. Meg grew up in Flagstaff, but traveled often to the village of Shungopavi where her dad Michael Kabotie was from. She is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with dual majors in Biology and Psychology with a minor in chemistry. Since graduating, Meg has held many interesting and fun jobs including positions at the Pine Forest Charter School in Flagstaff, the Museum of Northern Arizona and at the Flagstaff Farmers Market. Meg has many passions including sustainability, community investment, environmental stewardship, art, education, and gardening.
CAPACITY BUILDING COORDINATOR
Marshall is from the Village of Bacavi on the Hopi Reservation. He is a recent graduate from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO and has earned a B.A. in Adventure Education. Marshall has founded Adventures for Hopi, a local organization that supports social, developmental, and therapeutic applications that adventure activities could have for reservation youth. Marshall is the Ancestral Lands Hopi Field Coordinator, implementing goals and objectives developed in partnership with Conservation Legacy and the Southwest Conservation Corps. Marshall is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys climbing mountains, hiking trails, kayaking, canyoneering, and working out.
Field Coordinator-Ancestral Lands Hopi
Board of Directors
RON HUBERT-Senior Advisor/Member
Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture Institute