Letter to Secretary of Interior on behalf of the Hopi People

 In Hopi, Indigenous Issues

To all those individuals that have sent emails to the Secretary on behalf of Hopi please allow me to say they are reading every one of them and are filled with gratitude for your support. Please continue to send the emails and share the information to get as many people as we can informed. Now is the time to begin supporting one another for values that are the values of all human life. Respect for all life. We must begin somewhere.
This letter below went to Secretary of Interior and to the Hopi. I was then asked to share this letter with you. With gratitude to all those who are showing support for this matter as this is not a political issue it is an issue of humanity, of life and of spiritual and religious belief.
With gratitude, Miriam

My Dear Mr. Kenneth Lee Salazar,

Thank you for your work and your service in the political character of the United States and in the Southwest.

You come from Colorado, where I have lived and have many relatives, though I was born farther down, in New Mexico. You are only five years older than I am, and your birthday is just two weeks later, in the month my father was born. In your face I see reflections of my beloved grandfather, a man who was known for his generosity to the people in the northeast of your home state.

You are still young, Mr. Salazar. But do you remember youth? Do you remember the feel of it?

Some things are eternal. We tend to forget this as we are caught up in our jobs, our lives, our world of constant change and inventions and expectations and demands. Even though so much in our lives is very temporary, we get caught up in it all, as if it is everything, and forget that it isn’t… it isn’t even close to being all there is. A lot of it isn’t even us: who we were in the beginning and who we are when we are not being who we are trying to be.

You have seen the world change around you. You have made some changes. You have felt yourself change. And yet… I know you feel a part of you that has never changed… because it was always complete and true since the moment you took your first breath. No matter what we’ve learned and seen and experienced, there is the one who has always been exactly the same. It is your eternal self. He’s here from the first moment to the last, though most of the time in silent observation.

In the place of your birth is a timeless land. It is no accident that you were born there. You have an affinity for that land and for the nature of it. It is connected even now to the position you have chosen in the maturity of your career as Secretary of the Interior. You have chosen to hold a role of stewardship and responsibility for the Interior.

The Interior is many things… among the aspects of the Interior is the interior of the country, the interior of the country’s history, the interior of many histories played out over this land before the current country formed over it. It is even the Interior of humankind in its way.

In the Interior of the U.S. is the land of the Four Corners. In the Interior of the Four Corners are indigenous tribes who have been here thousands of years longer than the couple hundred that the United States has existed. In the Interior of these tribes are some who have been there since before the others. They are the most interior. They are the most eternal of the interior. The name for them now is Hopi, though they have gone by other names before.

The Hopi. Somehow in all the changes that have been wrought in the physical and political landscape, the Hopi have lasted in the same space of the interior. It is unusual in history, in human experience; even more so because they are remarkably peaceful people. War, fighting, violence, aggression — the ways of making, taking, invading, defending — have not been their habit. What a contrast it is for a country of such military might — the world super-power! — to have at its heart a culture of such peace held in the interior.

It is not that the Hopi have not been threatened. They have faced the direst of conflict. They have lived every chapter of this country’s history and the histories before it. The pages of U.S. history are written with their names and their blood like all others. But they resisted conflict as much as possible. Why? What is this paradox?

At the interior of the interior, the sense of the eternal has never been lost. The awareness of the traditional Hopi is of eternal life, eternal being. All actions are eternal. As they honor it, it is honored for all of us, even when we forget. All we do, all we think, and all we say is honored as eternal. This does not say that all that is eternally held for humanity is “honorable”… but that it is honored, as in kept, all the same.

The sense of the eternal is more than one of time. It is also of place. The place is not just the Four Corners, nor is it even the united States. I have had the good fortune to travel to many parts of the world and to mix with people of greatly diverse cultures, professions and affiliations. Over and again, I have been surprised to find reference and reverence to the Hopi people. Through means not fully evidenced or understood, and without purposeful effort, the Hopi are known all over the world.

What is understood around the world is that the Hopi are like a bellwether for our well-being globally. Leaders and emissaries of various communities and faiths have made pilgrimages to Hopi-land regularly over years, and still come. Others wait to receive news of the Hopi through other channels. No single culture has so permeated global awareness this way; all the more amazing that is has happened without their purposeful effort. It is an innate world sense.

The country of the United States is trying now to incite and impose a change upon the history and ancient culture of the Hopi people. Using pressure from outside and inside the villages, it seeks to alter the Hopi Constitution, eroding their legal tribal rights, traditional ways of governance and autonomy. Among a recent rash of actions against traditional Hopi leadership are such as these:

* The Tribal Treasurer was placed on administrative leave
* The Tribal Secretary was released from her duties
* The Personnel Director was released from his duties
* The Tribal Lawyer was released of his duties
* The General Council staff were released of their duties
* The Chief Judge Appointment was issued and revoked
* Council Representatives were physically removed from their positions
* Hopi Rangers were given orders to physically remove citizens from public meetings
* The authority of the Kikmongwi, the Traditional Village chiefs, has been systematically ingnored and undermined
* A puppet Chairman has been put in place, supported by outside forces
* The Chairman forcibly shuts down the questions and comments of Silent Majority traditionals
* Press statements issued by the Chairman misrepresent proceedings and misinform the public

The political aggression here is clearly apparent.

In your role as the Secretary of the Interior, Mr. Salazar, you have great influence in this situation. It is a role you have chosen in this life, a specific challenge you aligned yourself to meet. The impact of these actions and the impact you can have on them are greater than is comfortable to acknowledge. As you consider what to do, I remind you of the real and full nature of it, of your eternal self in this eternal place.

Now I have a request to make of you. As a citizen of the United States, and as a friend, I ask. In alignment with the traditional Hopi chiefs and the traditional Hopi people and the Silent Majority whose way it is to observe and to hope, I ask that you exert your complete influence to preserve the existing Constitution of the Hopi people. I ask that you halt the manufactured actions arranged to force the proposed constitution presently known as “24A” (or any form it may be called) into vote, for it is rigged and forced, unrepresentative and un-true. I ask that you hold us all to the highest light of the eternal flame.

Thank you Mr. Kenneth Lee Salazar.

Blessings always,

Patricia Dawn McNamara
cc: Hopi Tribal Leaders and Members

Please email the Secretary of Interior and ask him to HALT the proposed Constitution and uphold the RIGHTS of the Hopi people. All it may take to save the Hopi and possibly save ourselves from destruction is ONE email …..

contact the U.S. Department of the Interior, Secretary Salazar
kensalazar@ios.doi.gov This is Salazars Direct email

Please cc the following in Hopi:


Mailing Address:
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
Phone: (202) 208-3100

Letter from Miriam Delicado

Who are the Hopi? Why are they so important? What great secrets do they hold? Why are they important to YOU?
What effect do the Hopi have on the world, on life itself? Why have they remained silent regarding their knowledge of the Sacred? So many questions that could fill books and books all seeking something… that people from around the world want to know… want to learn.. want to understand.

The Hopi people are the most talked about, written about, studied, and sought after tribes in the world. They have one of the most complex societies on earth and are one the most mysterious groups of people on the planet. Who they are may never be fully understood or known unless you were born into the Hopi tribe and become a part of their complex Traditional Way of Life and Societies.

There are those who have come from the outside to Hopi in the past and even today who spend time with these mysterious people and learn only a single grain of their knowledge in the vast entire desert of what they hold. They use this knowledge to sell books, lectures, seminars, Tv shows, and so much more. There is one particular man that states he has the right to share Hopi Prophecy with the world…… as though HE himself carries this great wisdom from past generations of the devoted Hopi to Massau the Creator. He claims there are no Traditional people left in Hopi and by doing so contributes to the destruction of a Sacred People and their CHOSEN way of life and belief. This kind of disgraceful action is what allows people who do seek to destroy the Hopi Way of Life more opportunity to do so.

Within Hopi itself the name HOPI is used as though it is a commodity to sell and promote anything and everything. WHY does the name alone hold such power? Why does the name Hopi instill a feeling of something greater in people? Could it be that the people of Hopi that follow the Traditional Hopi Way of Life really do hold the secretes to LIFE itself? This can and should only ever be answered by the most Sacred of people within the Hopi Traditional world itself.

When you see the dancers in the Plaza within Hopi…. under the bluest of skies as far as the eye can see …….. come out of the Kivas throughout the day….. CREATE rain clouds that then circle the Plaza and release the rain of life itself upon your head….. then you beleive……. then you see and experience the respect, honor and dedication of the Hopi people to Creator. This is who the Hopi are…. they are the holders of life, of balance of understanding the energy of life itself. They deserve to be respected by the world…… not revered…… not put on a pedestal, but respected… for their choice to the Hopi Way of Life.

No outsider that is not a part of this complex Traditional world has the right to put limits or restrictions on HOW they are to live. They live simply, they live dedicated to ceremony, they live with nature and with balance. They have respect for the earth and they only ask for the right to live in the way that Creator laid out for them, the way their Ancestors have lived from the beginning of this world.

What right does a person who is not a part of the Hopi Way of Life have to dictate HOW these people are to live, what to follow? How can they understand exactly WHAT they are telling these people to let go of and turn their backs on LIFE itself. Even within Hopi those who do not follow the Hopi Way of Life do not have the ability to understand the complexities, commitment, devotion, ceremonies, culture, religion of the TRUE Hopi People.

When those who seek power, money, fame, position and control set out to destroy the Heart of a people that have chosen to live simply and with respect and hold harmony in life….. We as people need to take a stand and support the those Hopi whos only request is to be allowed to follow their Hopi Way of Life now and into future generations.

Who are we as human beings to deny the rights of these people? What are we destroying if we ALLOW their way of life to be destroyed and denied? Could it really be possible that they truly do hold the balance of the world, of life itself? Could this be why the world is in chaos itself as the reflection out to the planet? When you witness miracles and manifestations in Hopi it only takes once to beleive that they do have special knowledge.

They say that they hold this for the world, for the people, for all life…… do you want to risk allowing them to be destroyed? It your future they are protecting………

Those who come from the outside world and from within Hopi itself who seek to destroy are only destroying themselves in the process. We have an obligation to these committed Hopi to show gratitude for the lifetimes of dedication for months of Ceremonies they hold for us…. to give back to them…..

A self destructive Tribal Chairman within the Hopi Tribe itself has set forth an agenda to bring a proposed new Constitution to the people. This proposed Constitution would destroy the Traditional, Hopi Way of Life that has been carried on for thousands of years. In the blink of an eye their Way of Life would no longer be possible. Those who support this proposal are NOT informed and many not Traditional. These people can not make an informed decision as to how this proposed Constitution would destroy a way of life they themselves do not understand.

There is a CURRENT Constitution that the Hopi have had since 1936 that has been in place with language to PROTECT the Hopi Way of Life, Ceremonies and Religion. To bring in this proposed Constitution is a violation of the Civil, Constitutional and Individual rights of the Hopi people in itself to their Way of Life.

In this matter, these are my observations. These are the things I know to be true in my heart and they are shared out of a deep respect to the Hopi People.

From my heart, for the Center of the Universe and the balance of all life I call on all people, in all directions, from all Tribes, Religious groups, Spiritual people from around the world to join in protecting the Hopi people from the destruction of their Way of Life and by doing so join in protecting life itself.

One email……. five minutes…… and you could be saving the Hopi, the planet and all life…… who are we to say that the reason that they have remained so True to their beliefs is because the know something the rest of the world does not…. maybe…just maybe they do hold the balance of all life……. do you want to risk this question?

Please email the Secretary of Interior and ask him to HALT the proposed Constitution and uphold the RIGHTS of the Hopi people. All it may take to save the Hopi and possibly save ourselves from destruction is ONE email …..

contact the U.S. Department of the Interior, Secretary Salazar
kensalazar@ios.doi.gov This is Salazars direct email

Please cc the following in Hopi:


Mailing Address:
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
Phone: (202) 208-3100

Calling all Tribes, all people to stand as one………

with gratitude for all my Hopi friends…….


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