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12/3/2013 9:59:00 AM
Hopi Tribal Economic Development Corporation donates to Child Protective Agency
From left: Hopi Tribal Economic Development Corporation (HTEDC) CEO Kevin Lombardo, HTEDC executive assistant Cynthia Temoke, and HTEDC administrative secretary Gia Vague,  present a check to Barb Woods, interim program manager for Child Protective Services and Lauren Belcher, Department of Economic Security foster care recruiter, along with HTEDC Event Coordinator Lisa Talayumptewa. Katherine Locke/NHO
From left: Hopi Tribal Economic Development Corporation (HTEDC) CEO Kevin Lombardo, HTEDC executive assistant Cynthia Temoke, and HTEDC administrative secretary Gia Vague, present a check to Barb Woods, interim program manager for Child Protective Services and Lauren Belcher, Department of Economic Security foster care recruiter, along with HTEDC Event Coordinator Lisa Talayumptewa. Katherine Locke/NHO
Katherine Locke
Reporter

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Hopi Tribal Economic Development Corporation (HTEDC) presented the Department of Economic Security's (DES) Child Protective Agency (CPA) with $10,000 recently as a result of their successful annual Native Arts and Cultural Festival.

The money donated is the net proceeds from the fourth annual Hopi sponsored all Native Arts and Cultural Festival that took place in downtown Flagstaff. What used to be a small Hopi market with around 30 artists attracting around 2,000 people has grown into a festival which, this year, had 76 artists participating and more than 10,000 visitors.

Each year the festival identifies an important charity to the community to donate to. This year the money was evenly split between CPS' Flagstaff and Hopi offices. Each office received $5,000.

The festival also provided artisans with the opportunity to show and sell their wares, which for many, is a main source of income.

In addition to the festival, HTEDC puts on Native markets at other locations. The organization's Hopi 3 Ranches work in partnership with the Hopi Department of Natural Resources and many other state and local federal agencies, giving Hopi youth a chance to explore careers in agriculture.

"We feel it is our civic duty to support efforts in the communities aligned with the mission of the corporation," said Kevin Lombardo, CEO of HTEDC. "This is the beginning of our relationship. We would like to see how we can expand beyond just the monetary contribution and define other meaningful ways we can support the efforts of DES/CPS."

Barb Woods, interim program manager for CPS, said the money enables the agency to care for children who are involved with the agency.

"When kids come into care, they don't have things like diapers or clothes and jackets and bedding, it will make a huge difference," Woods said. "This is something that we don't have the ability to fund so we are very grateful."

Janice Patch, clinical supervisor at Hopi Social Services, said the money will be used for emergency situations to buy supplies, clothing and bottles for infants. The money will also help families prepare to receive foster children.

Richard Hamiliton, executive director for the Hopi Guidance Center said the money is critical as the center tries to help families. The guidance center serves ages zero to 18 and there are 35 children receiving services right now.

"We try to keep the children in families. When we do put them in homes, we need clothing, diapers, everything...," Hamilton said.

Bonnie Secakuku, board chair for HTEDC said she acknowledges the efforts of the people working on Hopi to ensure Hopi children are placed out of harm's way in a safe and secure place.

"We hope this small donation will be of great benefit and fill the need for Hopi children that may end up under your supervision," Secakuku said. " In our Hopi custom and ways, it takes the whole village to get through all the challenges, ceremonies and every day survival for the benefit of all or to contribute or return something of value or benefit to the society."


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