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Documentary highlights need for equitable energy transition for Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe

July 23, 2021

Renewable Energy Magazine: 

The documentary centers on the Navajo and Hopi tribal members living on reservation lands in northern Arizona. The tribal lands are known for their natural and cultural resources. As the local economy became more dependent on coal mining, tribal and community organizations began pressing for environmental justice and support from federal agencies including the Department of Energy (DOE), the Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. 

Since Peabody Energy began mining coal in the Black Mesa region of the Navajo Nation in the early 1960s, the community has seen drastic changes. Black Mesa water resources have diminished at alarming rates, especially flows from local springs. The crisis spurred the community to seek protection for the waters that are an integral part of Hopi and Navajo traditions, and to the creation of the nonprofit organization Tó Nizhóní Ání (“Sacred Water Speaks”)* by Nicole Horseherder.

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