Actions are a key component in our strategies as an organization. From Los Angeles, California, to New York City, and our Navajo Nation capital in Window Rock, Arizona, Tó Nizhóní Ání and supports took to the streets to demand a just transition on the Navajo Nation. As the coal economy on the Navajo Nation fades, coal-impacted communities voiced their concerns in this pivotal point on Black Mesa as our community’s future was up for discussion on ways to move forward without being left behind.
2005 Water Is Life Horse Ride photos by: Lene Riggs
Voices from Black Mesa
Stories from the frontline help us to tell The People’s stories. These narratives come from those directly impacted by industry and climate change on Black Mesa. No matter the age, everyone on Black Mesa has a story to tell. We’ve had the privilege to interview various individuals thus far, ranging from ranchers to elders and those just now becoming away from the issues happening on Black Mesa. Our vision for this media project is to showcase these stories to the world and give people a perspective on what goes on up here at 6,000ft+ on the Navajo Nation. These are the Voices From Black Mesa.
2017 Just Transition Relay
In 2017, Tó Nizhóní Ání embarked on a 120+ mile relay from the heart of Black Mesa to our Navajo Nation capital in Window Rock, Arizona. This relay was called our Just Transition Relay, and it came at a crucial point when the coal economy on the Navajo Nation was coming to an end. Our goal for this relay was to center our youth in educating and encouraging our Navajo Nation leaders to transition away from coal to new sustainable economies on the Navajo Nation. This relay consisted of a trail ride, a bike ride and concluded with a walk to the front doors of the Navajo Nation Council Chambers.
2020 Navajo Generating Station Demolition
On December 17, 2020, the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) had officially come to an end as people from all over gathered alongside the highway overlooking NGS to watch the demolition unfold. Amongst the crowd was previous NGS workers, local community members and environmentalist alike. For many, they saw this as an end of economic prosperity to the local communities, families, and tribal nations. In contrast, others saw it as a long-overdue process in mending the devastating impacts of coal mining on Black Mesa. For our organization, this marked the end of coal on Navajo and an opportunity for our nation to move forward with a just and equitable transition.
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