from the Traditional Hopi Elders:
Asquali, In the name of the Traditional Hopi Elders that have gone before - Thank you for
Dear Friends and Relations,
After reading the following reports on the Black Mesa the Dineh Elders Vs the Hopi Tribal
Council I feel again the need to clarify the Hopi Tribal Council is an Government
Organization and DOES NOT represent The Traditional HOPI and Spiritual Leaders of
Sometimes these restrictions occur due to a (inner) struggle of the Hopi council peoples
who honor more modern religions. They have difficulty reconciling our ancient ways with
new beliefs and want to change these ways to fit that foreign structure or dismiss them
all together. Or they do not want to have witness to what they are doing to the land and
their own people.
This is creating much division at Hopiland and many hardships on all the peoples. Also
making us look bad in the eyes of the world and this is not the right way to act.
According to all I have learned from the Elders. Our Very Own Hopi Spiritual Leaders and
Traditional Peoples are under the same restrictions with Permits that are either
impossible to obtain or denied on purpose. Permits for picking herbs for medicine,
Gathering wood or rabbit hunting for certain Kachina ceremonies all now require a permit
at a price Often out of reach for our traditional peoples. Our planting and harvest
journeys are denied to help our elders. As wisdom keepers we have the understandings not
to be charging for what the Mother Earth freely gives for her children's happiness and
I know if my Grandfathers were still alive they would submit a statement so I will do it
for them at this time and my prayer is that you will accept that under NO circumstances
are prayers ever discouraged by A Traditional Hopi, they honor all peoples and have a
welcoming heart to everyone. The very name Hopi means kindness, gentleness, and
The Hopi have been instructed by Massau to Receive everyone kindly and
bring them happiness and good thoughts. This is what all our ceremonies are about and soft
genteel rain so the peoples of the world will be happy and live fruitfully. It is my
understanding that the prayers are similar for the all-Traditional Peoples and especially
the Dineh and other close relations we have made ancient promises with to the creator,
land and life to perform our ceremonial duty. So the peoples will live in commitment to
"Creator" by whatever name.
These divisions must stop between us. We must be brothers and sisters all religions say
the same thing if you really read what is said in those "Black and Blue Books"
and scriptures. The time is late and the idea here is Pray doesn't cause trouble for other
seekers. Put away your guns and angry words and pray.
Our words are not to make a difficult situation worse but many peoples on these lists do
not know the Difference of what is happening and why, between all the layers. But for the
record again it is not the traditional Hopi Spiritual Leaders or Elders doing this to the
In service to the Holy Ancestors,
Asquali, dep see mana - Hotevilla Traditional Village
Greasewood, Roadrunner, Spider and Fire Clan
Daughter to Nelson Mononge, Granddaughter to Dan Evehema and Grandfather
Touch the Earth Foundation
PRAYERS FOR A MIRACLE
Our elders teach that through prayer a miracle is often possible. Because of what has been
happening this past month we feel something maybe good is coming our way, what we have
searched and waited for. This could be a powerful force if we all guide it to the right
direction. At this writing three authoritative organizations are interested in helping and
getting involved in our struggle for independence. We pray our attempts will materialize
The first two mentioned, with whom we have already met are:
First, a man representing the Senate Investigating Committee on Indian Affairs.
Second, a man representing the UN Sub-Commission, Protection of Minorities, has been an
invited guest of Hotevilla Hopi elders.
Since space is limited, briefly we outline the summary of the meeting. In both meetings
related matters were discussed reflecting only on Hotevilla Village concerns. There our
position and stand we need not repeat, you will gather ideas from the pages of this
newsletter what the meetings were about.
Navajo people of Big Mountain shared the meeting, their views of forced relocation, the
treatment by Hopi progressive council and the police force, about their concern for the
The meeting was a success. The only problem arose when the Hopi Tribal Council hostilely
raided the meeting in an attempt to disrupt the meeting. There was no violence, perhaps
only a shame on themselves, before UN Sub-Commission as witness.
Herein we wish to make a clear understanding of Hopi position. Often outsiders are misled
by various sources, even by Hopi themselves.
From our viewpoint often people outside take it that the Hopi tribe is one Nation. This is
not true. There are several Hopi Villages in Hopi land. The fact is that each Village has
its own self-governing body under religious leaders. Each Village is independent from one
another. Each under their own guidelines to follow. Therefore we have no central
government. This rule is very important to keep the Villages out of other Villages
We were happy and in peace until the Bureau of Indian Affairs, under the Federal
Government, encroached upon our land followed by the creation of the Hopi Tribal Council
by the BIA. Ever since we have had problems, conflicts and unrests because of adoption of
foreign concepts by the Hopi Tribal Council. Problems such as leasing out the land to
mineral developers, programs that spell "progress for economy," land grabbing,
etc. The resistance of Traditional Leaders was not heeded.
Now we have received news from an informed source that a new mineral development plan has
been drawn up by the Federally recognized Hopi Tribal Council. This is in the area from
which Navajos were forcibly relocated. Much coal mining is planned for the Big Mountain
area. Plus a large addition to the strip mining now underway further north at Black Mesa.
A great increase in water use is also considered.
This situation would not be if the Hopi Tribal Council would stop ignoring the Traditional
Leaders' advice and opinions as to why they are rejecting this program. The Traditional
Leaders foresee further harm in depleting water tables and springs upon which our farming
and domestic uses depend for self-sufficiency. Hopi and other Native People possessed the
land for thousands of years before the Hopi Tribal Council was created. Spiritually
looking at it the Hopi Tribal Council has no basis in controlling our land. We believe
their purpose is to tarnish the cultural and traditional patterns and destroy our
leadership structure through scheming ways.
According to the wisdom and knowledge of our elders, we received Divine Laws and identity
as Hopi (peaceful) from our Divine Creator. That if we use them wisely we will have along,
peaceful, life as a people. But if we carelessly adopt a foreign system of laws we will
face unfortunate situations.
So we look on from the spiritual point of view as the so-called Hopi Tribal Council
adopted their own man-made bylaws and constitution. In so doing they cast away the laws of
our Creator, our Traditional leadership and also our religion. Therefore they are no
longer Hopi. Their identity is lost. They are no longer caretakers of the land. Their only
interest now is in abusing the land, our mother.
(The following is written by a reader, his views and understanding, related to Hopi
prophecy and knowledge.)
We did not mention the World Court who will send an observer to the hearing. They may even
visit our Village for talk. We don't know when at this writing. We cannot judge the sudden
appearing miracle. However, the prophecy stated someone will appear one day and look into
the wrongdoings of Hopi Council and the Bahanna government where we, the Traditionals,
cannot step anymore. They will be punished.
Now is the time you can help us push this through. Any organizations or individuals on a
global scale. Arouse public opinion for this cause in regaining our independence. We trust
this can be done. Write to the three organized establishments we mentioned. We would be
happy to get letters of support so that we know you are behind us.
During the Navajo relocation deadline of July 7th for a showdown there was no direct
action. Protest marches of Navajo and outside support groups were in evidence ending with
the main event near Big Mountain of the cutting of more than a half mile of partition
fence by the Navajos. At this time things are at a stand still. Promoters of relocation
are at their wits end, scratching their heads, figuring the next move that might work. The
Hopi Tribal Council Chairman demands relocation plan in 30 days. Insisting that Navajos
are trespassers subject to eviction.
Most impressive is Bill (S. 2545) which Senator Cranston (Calif.) introduced in
condemnation of the relocation ruling (PL-93-531), that this ruling has not worked after
12 years. His bill is calling for a moratorium on relocation. It also calls for the
establishment of a Presidential Advisory Committee to study the remaining problems. The
Committee would consist of the Secretary of the Interior, four members of Congress, four
Hopi Indians and four Navajo Indians. The Hopi and Navajo delegations would consist of two
from each Tribal Council, two Traditional leaders, and two elders facing relocation.
If we understand correctly the moratorium would cut all further funding for relocation
through the fiscal year 1987. So we expect nothing will happen for quite some time. This
depends on the passing of the bill.
To be Continued:
Asquali, thank you for coming to be our friend
You may publish on your web page and in print you may not altar the Elders words.
And please give credit where its due IE, The Hopi Elders, our HIndu Friends, and TTEF, And
This is not an exclusive....
We wish that it be very clear none of this information is for money or exchange in any
manner other than the spiritual gifts left to us to help educate the world and find
spiritually minded seekers to trust to help accomplish the original goals of our elders who
had the wisdom to
leave us a corn meal trail and the information to assist. If you are in agreements with
this you may publish the information I sent you, ON your Honor for the Highest good of the
Blessings and Balance,
Dee see mana
aka, Katherine Cheshire