Hopi Tribe of Arizona


Executive Leadership

Timothy L. Nuvangyaoma, Chairman
Craig Andrews, Vice Chairman
Judith Youvella, Tribal Secretary
Nada Talayumptewa, Treasurer
Alfonso Sakeva, Sergeant-at-Arms 
Legislative Council

(updated June 2024)

Contact Information

Address: PO Box 123 Kykotsmovi, AZ 86039

Phone: 928-734-2441

Director Health & Human Services:

Joyce Hamilton jhamilton@hopi.nsn.us

Education Director:

Noreen Sakiestewa nsakiestewa@hopi.nsn.us


GOVERNANCE: The Hopi Tribe is governed by a Chairman, Vice Chairman, and 22 Legislative Council members representing six villages: Village of Upper Moenkopi, Village of Bakabi, Village of Kykotsmovi, Village of Mishongnovi, Village of Sipaulovi, and First Mesa Consolidated Villages. Each village has its own separate election of representatives, and council members serve two-year terms. The Tribal Council meets quarterly, the first day of December, March, June, and September. The Hopi Tribe is in Congressional District 1; Legislative District 7.


The Hopi Cultural Preservation office has established a protocol for research, publications, and recordings (motion, visual, sound, multimedia, and other mechanical devices). All researchers must go through an approval process that includes identifying a program/organizational sponsor; identifying tribal priorities; going through a tribal council resolution process; obtaining IRB permission; obtaining approval from the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, and Tribal Council approval.

To listen to a video presentation on research protocol by Lalo Marvin (Hopi Cultural Preservation Office), see the Research Protocol Video, or read the video transcript.

COMMUNITY PROFILE: The Hopi are known as one of the oldest living cultures in documented history, having migrated north to Arizona in the 12th century. The Hopi are guardians of the sacred land they call Hopitutskwa. The Hopi Reservation, located on high and dry land, forced the Hopi to develop a unique agricultural practice known as "dry farming," a system of relying on water-retentive tillage methods rather than irrigation. 

The Hopi and Navajo Tribes have a long history of conflict over land.  After years of escalating conflict, the Navajo-Hopi Settlement Act of 1974 split land across tribes and forced relocation for those on the wrong side of the partition line. The Hopi Tribe Reservation is located in northeastern Arizona in Coconino and Navajo Counties.  The Reservation is made up of 12 villages on three mesas (known as First, Second, and Third Mesa) on more than 1.5 million acres. Each of the older villages is made up of a hierarchy of clans based on the order of their arrival to the area. Modern villages and clan leaders trace their authority and rights in land to these original sources. The Bear clan tends to be regarded as the first and highest ranking clan in a number of the villages, with the male head of the clan serving as the village leader or "Kikmongwi."

Kykotsmovi, the seat of the Hopi Tribal Government, is located just below Third Mesa. The oldest continuously inhabited village in the United States is Old Oraibi, located on top of Third Mesa, which is said to have been in existence since 1150 A.D. when the Hopi came to the area. Traditional Hopi houses were made of dried clay and stone, with flat roofs and multiple levels accessible by ladder. The bottom level was underground (called a Kiva), and was used for religious ceremonies. 

The Hopi are a matrilineal society organized by clan membership. Hopi artisans are known for pottery, paintings, weaving, and carvings. In particular, First Mesa is known for pottery, Second Mesa is known for coiled basketry, and Third Mesa is known for wicker basketry, weaving, Kachina doll carving, and silversmithing. Visitors are welcome to visit the Three Mesas, but photography, video recording, audio recording, sketching, and note-taking are not allowed. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau 2018-2022 American Community Survey, the population on Hopi Reservation and Off-Reservation Trust Land is 7,895. The following document provides a Census snapshot of the Hopi Tribe with comparisons to the state of Arizona and the United States as a whole.

Note: When interpreting data for small populations or rural areas, it is important to note the margin of error, which is provided where possible. The margin of error can be interpreted as providing a 90 percent probability that the true value lies within the estimate plus and minus the margin of error.

First Things First is Arizona's early childhood agency, providing health screenings and a variety of services across the state. Included here are their reports on the Coconino region, which includes the Hopi Tribe reservation.