Hopi Tribal Chairman Herman G. Honanie is this year’s recipient of the Heard Museum’s Spirit of the Heard Award. Honanie has served his community for many years, including director of the tribe’s Community Development Services and Office of Health Services prior to his election to the Hopi Tribal Council.
Honanie has currently led the effort to protect his tribe’s cultural heritage, including the return of objects of unique cultural and religious significance under international treaties and the rule of law. These efforts include opposing the sale of katsina friends and other such object that are sacred to the Hopi People.
Each year, the Heard Museum’s Board of Trustees, upon the recommendation of its American Indian Advisory Committee, honors an individual with the Spirit of the Heard Award who has demonstrated personal excellence either individually or as a community leader. The recipient’s nomination by the American Indian Advisory Committee is ratified by the Board of Trustees. The Spirit of the Heard Award Ceremony is a Native American Recognition Days event.
The honoree is presented with the award during the Phoenix Indian Center’s annual American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards dinner, which this year will be held 5 p.m. registration, dinner 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Tickets to the American Indian Excellence in Leadership Award Ceremony are now available. Individual tickets are $60 each with sponsorship opportunities available. Purchase tickets and ticket information on the Phoenix Indian Center website or call 602.264.6768.