Cheryl Lomakema - Reaching Beyond

Cheryl Lomakema HEEF Student

At age 52, Cheryl from the village of Sichomovi and member of the Kookopwungwa (Fire Clan) graduated in the spring of 2015 from Arizona State University with her Bachelors degree in Social Work. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and made the Dean’s list twice. Cheryl now has plans to enter a Master’s program in Advanced Standing for Social Work this upcoming May. Her parents are the proud Wallace and Claudina Lomakema. Read the Full Story...


Kyle Navenma " Awenma (Message via the Sun)"

Kyle Navenma HEEF student

Kyle (age 28) is from the village of Orayvi and member of the Tapwungwa-Pipwungwa (Rabbit/Tobacco Clan). He graduated from Hopi Jr./Sr. High School in 2005. In spring 2015, he completed his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree, with an emphasis in sculpture from Northern Arizona University. Kyle is currently researching graduate schools as he aspires to be a professor, teaching art. His proud parents are Wendell Navenma and the late Ezelda Navenma. Read the Full Story...


Trevor Reed - Lessons from a Law Student

Trevor Reed

Trevor whose Hopi name is Pahuwytewa means “beginning, new year” from the village of Hotevilla represents the Iswungwa (Coyote Clan) and is currently pursuing a JD in Intellectual Property Law from Columbia University. He is also a proud father of five kids: Madelynn (7), Camilla (6), Cameron (4), Sadie (3), and Gwendolyn (1). Trevor enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, while balancing the pursuit of a law degree. Read the Full Story here...


BriAnn Laban “Tulustung-Tewa (Spider receiving its red spots)”

BriAnn Laban

BriAnn (age 25) is from the village of Tewa and member of the Tuwawungwa (Sand Clan). She graduated from Hopi Jr./Sr. High School in 2008 and completed her Bachelors of Science in 2012 from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. BriAnn is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Architecture at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she plans to graduate in 2017. Her proud parents are Neomi Nahee and Brian Laban. Read the Full Story here...


Amber J. Poleviyuma - Arizona State University

Amber HomÖynom (bamboo arrow laid out to dry) from the village of lower Munqapi  represents the Iswungwa (Coyote Clan) and is currently pursuing a BS in Community Health/Nursing at Arizona State University. She grew up around her kwa’a (grandfather) who was the most traditional person she knew yet encouraged education because he saw it as a means to protect Hopi culture. Amber shared, “I saw my mother work hard for her education so that my siblings and I could be cared for and still be involved in Hopi life.” Read the Full Story here...