Black Mesa has been permanently altered by more than 50 years of strip-mining coal. The injustice to Diné and Hopi people and our sacred homelands will not be undone by a few months of backfilling and planting non-native grasses.
Government officials on and off the Navajo Nation are poised to let Peabody Energy walk away and wash its hands after decades of destroying the Navajo-aquifer, native vegetation, sacred sites, livelihoods, and homelands on Black Mesa. Mine backfilling and planting non-native grasses are nowhere near the restoration needed. It’s time for some accountability from the U.S. federal government and the Navajo government to the people of Black Mesa: They must not let Peabody Energy walk away. To learn more click here.