The Moenkopi Developers Corporation (MDC), a 501(c) (3) nonprofit economic development entity, has received a $150,000 grant from USDA Rural Development to support Hopi Villages and communities to successfully advance community facilities projects.
The purpose of the grant is to help establish a new era with the Hopi Tribe’s ability to successfully implement community, economic and housing development projects. This will be done by building the capacity of Hopi Villages and organizations to successfully receive and manage grants and other forms of financial assistance to advance and sustain projects
“We simply want to do our part at Hopi to help our people in this time of economic uncertainty,” said James Surveyor, interim CEO for MDC. “We have learned a lot by operating a non-profit and building our facilities and infrastructure. We want to share that knowledge and capacity.”
Supporting the effort by MDC, the Hopi Tribe Economic Development Board awarded $40,000 in matching funds to MDC.
“We are facing very challenging economic and budgetary times at the Hopi Tribe,” Dorma Sahneyah, executive director for the Hopi tribe, said. “The tribe is pleased to support the efforts of MDC to help the villages and communities.”
In partnership with MDC, Building Communities and Native Builders LLC will be providing technical assistance. Building Communities has expertise in community and economic development and offers grant writing services. Native Builders is familiar with the land and villages and provides local expertise to help Hopi.
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The project will extend through December 2020. It is the goal of the community to help Hopi entities to successfully receive grant and loan funding to support community, economic and housing development projects.
In 1981, the Hopi Tribe approved Resolution 11-97-81 incorporating the Moenkopi Developers Corporation. Recognizing the need to advance projects and to create jobs, the non-profit was established to create the capacity to improve the lives of the Hopi people. The mission statement for MDC is to develop jobs for the Hopi people in their hometowns on the Hopi Reservation.
The signature achievement of MDC has been the design, construction and operations of the Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites which stands as a crowning achievement of what Native American people can do when they defy the odds and develop and operate a business.
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