2019 Barbara Chester Award Ceremony

October 4th & 5th, 2019
at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn
Moenkopi, Arizona
Saturday, October 5th

Morning Conference 


8:30 am 

All Group Gathering

9:00-10:15 am

Breakout Session 1

10:15-10:55 am

Coffee/ Snack Bar

11:00-12:15 pm

Breakout Session 2

1:00-2:00 pm

Award Ceremony Hopi Meal

*Miss Native American USA, Lexie James  & Miss Hopi, Aeon Albert 

*Owl and Panther Poetry Reading

Award Program

2:00-4:00 pm


Lisa Lomavaya, Spider Clan, Tewa, Master of Ceremony

Opening Blessing

Leonard Talaswaima, Pumpkin Clan, Sipaulovi


Monica Nuvamsa, HF Director,  & Shari Eppel, 2001 BCA Recipient

Keynote Address

Sister Dianna Ortiz, Global Sisters Report

Introduction Of Dr. Sana Hamzeh

Suzanne Jabbour, 2019 Award Nominator

Principal Address

Dr. Sana Hamzeh, 2019 Barbara Chester Award Recipient

Presentation of Award

Monica Nuvamsa & Floyd Lomakuyvaya, Sculpture Creator

Hopi Cultural Dance      

Seymour Lomakema, Water/Corn Clan, Shongopavi, Palhikmamant

Closing Remarks            

Jorge Cabrera, Field Office Director, Casey Family Programs & Board of Directors, BCA CAB Member

Closing Blessing             

Leonard Talaswaima, Pumpkin Clan, Sipaulovi

Saturday Morning Breakout Sessions


    Nita Koruh:
Hopi Basket Weaver, Snake clan from the Village of Bacavi.  Nita has spoken locally and internationally about     the healing, that basket weaving, taking part in some Hopi traditions and prayer have brought to her life. She shares about     how our traumas can be healed especially through art and mindfulness


Shari Eppel: Lives and works in Zimbabwe bringing healing to families that have lost loved ones after a chaotic political        period.  In this session, you will be caught up on Zimbabwe current political atmosphere and what it has meant for                political space to do any work as civil society.  You will also learn about the "Bones in the Forest" project, which aims at        'healing the dead' in order to 'heal the living'.


    Gordon Lee: Gordon Lee is a community psychologist who has been engaged in teaching and guiding pilgrimages in the        classroom and in communities of color for over ten years. He has helped to in-vision, organize, and teach in and to places     like Manzanar and Tule Lake, in California (Nikkei, Japanese American, sites of trauma, incarceration, and internalized            violence), and Kalihi (a predominantly working class, people of color, inner city neighborhood in the Hawaiian Islands).


Shawn Namoki: Shawn Namoki Sr. Is Hongwunwa (Bear Clan) from the Village of Sipaulovi. Program Manager for the HOPI Substance Abuse Prevention Center and is a student of the Historical Trauma Master Class. The teachings found in the Medicine Wheel present a sensible and all-inclusive model for human behavior and interaction, and its wisdom offers a model for walking the Earth in a harmonious and good way.  This model will explain the interconnectedness of the Earth's elements and how it can be applied to understand a person's suffering and to also determine a true and connected path to healing.

Award Ceremony Keynote

Dianna Ortiz: Ursuline Sister from Kentucky.  She went to Guatemala in 1987, as a missionary, to teach Mayan children.  On November 2nd, 1989 she was abducted from a retreat center and tortured. Her memoir, The Blindfold’s Eyes: My Journey from Torture to Truth, details the shattering effects of torture on her life and her long slow journey toward healing; her efforts to bring her perpetrators to justice, while the governments of Guatemala and the United sought to protect them.  Sister Dianna speaks, not only for herself, but on behalf of all torture survivors. Along with other survivors, she founded the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC), an organization founded by and for torture survivors. TASSC seeks to end the practice of torture wherever it occurs and support survivors and their families.