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Hopi Woman Realizes Dream of Being in Law Enforcement

A Hopi woman graduates from the Central Arizona Regional Law Officers Training Academy becoming the newest Native American Hopi Ranger.
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Marlaina Joe, of the Hopi Tribe, recently graduated from the Central Arizona Regional Law Officers Training Academy (CARLOTA) and became a Hopi Ranger.

"It’s been a long-time dream,” she said after completing the 18-week, 720-hour intense training program.

The program requires early morning physical training prior to a full day of classes in uniform. CARLOTA students are discouraged from interacting with other students on Central Arizona College’s campus in Casa Grande, where the military-style program is run.

“I studied a lot and stayed focused on my work,” Joe said in a press release. “But it was worth it. What you put into it is what you get out of it. It wasn’t given to me, I had to earn it.”

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The responsibility she’s most excited about is caring for and regulating animals.

Hopi Tribe Chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa attended the CARLOTA graduation and said Joe is an inspiration.

“It was certainly a proud moment for Marlaina, her family and our tribe,” he said in the release. “When we see the results of hard work and determination come to fruition, particularly in a career such as law enforcement, we can say with pride that she is a role model.”