Hopi chairman to receive Heard Museum award at Scottsdale banquet

Hopi Chairman Herman G. Honanie will receive the 14th Annual Spirit of the Heard Award during the American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards banquet Nov. 19 in Scottsdale.

Mr. Honanie represents the “ideal image of perseverance” shown through his years of involvement with his Hopi community. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Mr. Honanie sought a career in tribal government and has worked in various positions in the Hopi Tribe since 1977.

In 2013, he was elected to the office of Hopi Tribal chairman.

Mr. Honanie received the Spirit of the Heard Award for his involvement in efforts to return several ceremonial katsina friends and other objects of religious and cultural importance from auction houses in France to their rightful homes on Hopi land.

“This endeavor to assert the rights of the Hopi people and other native peoples around the world could set a crucially important legal precedent towards the protection of cultural and religious objects under international treaties and the rule of law,” wrote Jim Huntwork, the Heard Museum trustee who nominated Mr. Honanie for the honor.

“Chairman Herman Honanie represents the leadership that Spirit of the Heard Award is designed to honor,” said John Bulla, interim director and CEO of the Heard.

“The level of personal excellence that Chairman Honanie has shown in advocating for the physical and spiritual health of the Hopi community sets him apart as a truly outstanding individual.”

Tickets are available by visiting phxindcenter.org or calling 602-264-6768. Tickets are $60 each.

The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

Registration begins at 5 p.m. with the dinner taking place from 6 to 9 p.m.

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