• Joint Statement - Tribute of Parent Committee Member
    This is a tribute to a true warrior for the people who had such a kind and gentle soul.

    The Amphitheater School District’s Native American Education Program and the Johnson-O'Malley and Title VI Parent Committees, were deeply saddened to hear our dear Cynthia “Cindie” Nahsonhoya started her spiritual journey with the ancestors on February 7, 2022. She was of the Hopi Tribe from Polacca, First Mesa.

    Cindie was a vital part of our Amphitheater Native American community. Cindie and her family have been a fixture at programs put on by the Native American Education Program. For the past 8 years, she served on both the JOM and Title VI parent committees in many roles, including chairperson. As a committee member, she always ensured our budgets were intact, supplied donations toward events, and volunteered her time. As an educator, Cindie provided presentations at numerous educational events on topics of how to strengthen parent committees, how to engage students and their families, and how to have successful fundraisers, just to name a few. As a community member, her vast knowledge of working in the Native community and public service organizations, with grants, budgets, and community service were a great asset to serving our Amphi NAEP community.

    Her steadfast advocacy is evident in the strong parent committees we’ve held over the years. She brought great energy and passion to the program and dedicated countless hours to improving the experience of Native students and families within the Amphi community. Her heart was truly for others, in that she always shared what she had with so many.

    Cindie is survived by 6 children and 13 grandchildren.

    To her beloved family – thank you for sharing your loving mom with us. Her giving heart always had a special place for her family. We could see the love she had for each of you in the way she shared encouraging words with students and their families. The Amphi NAEP and Parent Committees offer our most sincere condolences to you. You have become a part of our family and we want you to know we are here for you, always. May God provide you comfort, strength and guidance through the difficult days ahead.

    Cindie’s legacy will continue through the altruistic influence she had in the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time. Her smile and laughter will truly be missed by all.

    The following few pictures were taken over the years, where Cindie was a huge part in making the NAEP events and parent fundraisers possible.

    In the Kiowa language, the following is interpreted as “Until I see you again / I will see you again” - Hègáu èm ȃuibòñ:[dàu. These words are included in prayers for those who have lost loved ones. And I truly believe that. May our Creator be with you all.

    The NAEP Staff – Kimberly Daingkau-Begay and Margaret Blaine
    The Johnson-O’Malley Indian Education Committee & Title VI Parent Advisory Committee
    Prosper Waukon, Christine Nelson, Christina Mena, Shawn Smith, and Hannah Waukon-Wolf
    Cindie 1
    May 2019 – Student Awards & Honor Ceremony. Cindie opened the evening with a warm welcome to the honored graduates and 8th grade promotees and their families, invited special guests, and the NAEP community.
    Cindie 2 PC
    May 2018 – Student Awards & Honor Ceremony. The JOM Parent Committee & NAEP staff members with Waylon Pahona (Hopi/Tewa/Maricopa, founder/creator of Healthy Active Natives) who was our Keynote Speaker. Cindie served as JOM Chairperson.
    Cindie 3
    Tucson Tamal Fest 2017. Cindie making more popover / frybread dough for the parent fundraiser (Native Frybread & Tacos). This festival is one of our biggest fundraisers every year.
    May 2019 – Student Awards & Honor Ceremony