Workforce Development – Hopi

Partnerships: Hopi Tribe 

The Kaibab National Forest with the Hopi Tribe and tribal youth working together on a collaborative management project entitled the Hopi Kaibab springs restoration project. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service, Southwest Region, Kaibab National Forest) 

In 2014, the Hopi Tribe’s Cultural Preservation Office and Cultural Resources Advisory Task Team (CRATT) forged an agreement with Kaibab National Forest to work together to preserve a system of natural springs within the North Kaibab Plateau. At CRATT’s request, the partnership features a training component for Hopi youth – specifically WIOA participants ages 16-24 – that exposes them to careers in environmental management and related fields, builds their work ethic, and gives them the chance to learn land stewardship and traditional ecological knowledge directly from their elders. To marshal the necessary resources to support the initiative, the partners have enlisted a growing coalition of other partners to offset certain financial costs and provide in-kind contributions in the form of staff time, technical expertise, and professional mentoring of the youth. Since 2014, 44 Hopi youth have participated in four collaborative projects, and their success prompted the Tribe and U.S. Forest Service to launch plans to replicate the approach in three other national forests, and also expand the youth training component to include longer-term internships that will deepen participants’ exposure to careers caring for the natural world.

CONNECT: Everett F. Gomez, Case Manager, Hopi WIOA, Hopi Tribe, egomez@hopi.nsn.us

Workforce Development: HOPI TRIBE

To learn more about the Hopi Tribe's workforce development story, click on the resources below.  

Lake Powell Life: Hopi, Paiute Work with Kaibab Forest on Spring Restoration
U.S. Forest Service Kiabab National Forest Press Release: Hopi Tribe and Kaibab National Forest recognized for partnership on springs restoration work 
USDA Forest Service: Hopi Springs Restoration: Kaibab National Forest And Hopi Tribal Partnership Restore Natural Springs 
Lake Powell Life: Hopi, Paiute Work with Kaibab Forest on Springs Restoration