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4/5/2011 4:16:00 PM
HopiTel thanks Hopi communities with free lunch
Rosanda Suetopka Thayer/NHO
Wayne “Muppy” Sekaquaptewa (left) who serves as Hopi Tel’s Central Office Technician was a master at grilling over 100 burgers and hot dogs at the Hotevilla Appreciation Lunch along with his “assistant burger chef” for the day, Paul Redington (right), who is the Central Office Supervisor at Moencopi.
Rosanda Suetopka Thayer/NHO
Wayne “Muppy” Sekaquaptewa (left) who serves as Hopi Tel’s Central Office Technician was a master at grilling over 100 burgers and hot dogs at the Hotevilla Appreciation Lunch along with his “assistant burger chef” for the day, Paul Redington (right), who is the Central Office Supervisor at Moencopi.
Rosanda Suetopka Thayer
The Observer

HOTEVILLA, Ariz. - Giving back to show appreciation and respect is a common and very time-honored exchange from Native people to others that acknowledges participation, sharing, generosity and care.

Last week in Hotevilla Village, Hopi Telecommunications, Inc. (HopiTel) staff served freshly grilled burgers and hot dogs along with chips, bottled water and friendly smiles. Office Manager Anna Tahbo, Outside Plant Supervisor Maynard Tahbo, Central Office Technician Wayne Muppy Sekaquaptewa, Central Office Supervisor Paul Redington from Moencopi and Customer Service Representative Lisa Youvella dished up lunch and valuable information on phone services, internet details and new information on satellite phone service for reservation customers who don't have access to electricity.

These free grilled burger and hot dog lunches that HopiTel has been holding in the Hopi communities in the past month are just their way of saying "thank you for being their primary residential and business clients.

There will be another event coming up on April 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Jeddito Chapter House.

The Hopi Tribal Council approved HopiTel as a formal business on the Hopi Reservation seven years ago after a buyout of Century Tel, the only phone company provider for the Hopi Reservation at that time. HopiTel is wholly owned and operated by the Hopi Tribe and has been in existence since April 2004. Since June 2006, they have been providing telephone, internet and computer services to Hopi and nearby Jeddito.

Century Tel, based in Louisiana, was simply too far away in both corporate and customer service areas and was not able to adequately meet the remote Hopi and Navajo reservation needs for reliable phone service. As a result, they had not caught up to the current needs of these communities in the areas of internet, wireless service and quicker service lines to private homes and many small business as well as local community schools, curio and grocery stores and chapter houses.

HopiTel's mission and purpose is to provide high quality service to the Hopi people and its surrounding communities while also providing jobs to the local community and a stable reliable communications infrastructure. By owning and operating its own telephone company the Hopi Tribe is practicing tribal empowerment, self sufficiency and self determination.

HopiTel has a mix of cross cultural board officers and members, with Carroll Onase as President, James Underwood as Vice President and board members Wilbur Maho, Donald Massey, James "Mickey" McKandles and Willie Moore who serve to enhance the strength of both on and off-reservation business tribal and non-tribal contacts.

There are a variety of residential and business services available through HopiTel, including high speed satellite internet with three separate price ranges to fit all pocketbooks, high speed business internet, and eight different choices of long distance carriers and DSL wireless service at varied speeds.

Along with internet service, HopiTel adds the AVG Free Antivirus component to their service, which helps keep home computers safe from outside virus concerns. Wayne Sekaquaptewa serves as the Hopi Tel "wizard tech troubleshooter," providing exemplary service to Hopi and Navajo community members who want internet in their homes.

In addition, there is also a new satellite system of phone services available to customers who aren't near electrical power. These phones incorporate a "copper wire" hookup, but the client must also be within official Hopi boundaries. A minimum of 90-120 watts of AC or DC power is required for this satellite phone service.

There are currently HopiTel clients who are ready to be provided with satellite phone service in Spider Mound, Jeddito, Hard Rock, Sand Springs, as well as the HPL and Route 2 areas.

For more information, call (928) 738-2201 or visit www.hopitelecom.com.


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