2017 CONNER BYESTEWA JR. ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD RECIPIENT
Mr. Lionel Puhuyesva is currently the Director of Water Resources for the Hopi Tribe and has been in this capacity for over 7 years now. He has been in the environmental eld for over 15 years having been employed with the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community as well as the Ak-Chin Indian Community in Arizona. He attended Arizona State University with a major in Peace and Justice Studies and a minor in Native American Justice Studies.
He is currently a Northern Arizona Regional Tribal Operations Committee Representative and has served in this capacity for a number of years. As Director he and his staff have been working on numerous projects including the Tuba City Open Dump site with US Environmental Protection Agency Superfund Of ce and the Little Colorado River Water Adjudication; as well as many spring restoration and water quality monitoring projects throughout the Hopi Reservation. Mr. Puhuyesva and his staff continue to work on preserving and protecting the water resources of the Hopi Tribe.