Hopi Foundation a finalist for Ford Foundation award

The Hopi Foundation of Hotevilla, Arizona, has been selected as one of 29 finalists for Leadership for a Changing World award, the Ford Foundation announced on Tuesday.

Based on the Hopi Reservation, the foundation was selected for its commitment to help the Hopi people fulfill their own destiny. Founded by Barbara Poley and Loris Ann Taylor, its projects include Native Sun, which brings low-cost solar energy to reservation homes, and KUYI, the local radio station.

"The Hopi Foundation and the other LCW finalists exemplify the finest qualities of public service leadership. As they work to address extraordinarily complex social problems, they also give hope for our nation's future. All Americans can learn from what this diverse group of leaders is doing, without much public notice, to address inequities, impart new skills, strengthen the resolve, and lift the spirits of the communities they serve," said Kathleen D. Sheekey, President and CEO of the D.C.-based Advocacy Institute, a Leadership for a Changing World partner.

As a finalist, the Hopi Foundation is eligible to become one of 17 national award winners who will receive $100,000 each to advance their work and an additional $15,000 for supporting activities. The final winners will be announced on October 13, 2005.

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