2000 High Honors
Winners:
Hopi Junior/Senior High School, Hopi Nation
2000
Publication:
Honoring Contributions in the Governance of American Indian Nations in the United States
Organization:
Honoring Contributions in the Governance of American Indian Nations in the United States
Jurisdiction:
Tribal Governments
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The Two Plus Two Plus Two college transition program is a partnership between Hopi Jr./Sr. High School, Northland Pioneer College and Northern Arizona University that enrolls senior high school students in classes offering concurrent college level credits. Upon graduation, students can earn up to 30 transferable credits to any accredited state college or university. The Program is helping Hopi students attain advanced educational degrees and, in doing so, is empowering them with technological and academic skills that they can bring back to the rural reservation.

By the late twentieth century, the increasing influence of Western society and, in particular, the transition to a wage-based economy, posed a serious threat to the time-honored traditions and heritage of Hopi society. Many Hopi citizens confronted the difficult choice of either staying geographically and culturally connected to their traditional way of life or relocating somewhere off-reservation where opportunities for education and employment were more plentiful. Even when technical and well-paying jobs were created on the reservation, they were often filled by outsiders who better met the positions