Hopi Education Endowment Fund


In a pursuit to ensure growth, protect assets, and meet the present and future educational needs of the Hopi Tribe, an ordinance establishing the Hopi Education Endowment Fund was approved. Taking advantage of IRS Code Section 7871 allows for tax deductible contributions made to the Tribe to support Hopi educational initiatives. By investing in the human capital of their greatest resource–the children–, the program is not only ensuring and growing financial access to higher education for their citizens, but also promoting the Hopi concept of "Sumi’nangwa"–coming together to do things for the benefit of all.

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"Hopi Education Endowment Fund". Honoring Nations: 2006 Honoree. The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts. 2007. Report. 


This Honoring Nations report is featured on the Indigenous Governance Database with the permission of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. 

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