A year after NGS closure...
Measuring progress toward an equitable economy on Navajo and Hopi Nations
When the Navajo Generating Station burned the last of its coal on November 18th, 2019, the Navajo Equitable Economy Initiative launched to present a vision for building an economy rooted in Diné Fundamental Law and traditional values that honor the natural world. We also vowed to track progress on transition and clean-up efforts. One year later, Navajo and Hopi community groups and community leaders have seen progress in some areas, but inaction in others.
The equitable economy vision calls for progres in several areas, including ending extraction and burning of coal; developing projects like clean energy that are in harmony with sacred tribal values; corporate accountability for transition assistance funding and restoration of damaged land and water; and ensuring that community benefits and voices are centered in economic development.
Now, at the one-year anniversary of the closure of NGS, it is time to take stock. How are utility and government officials doing? Where has progress been made? What problems remain and where is action needed?
Here are the details on the five areas we have been tracking: