A sacred obligation
The healing of our people and lands is necessary for a Just Transition that is in line with Diné Fundamental Law. Natural Law under the Diné Fundamental Laws, codified by the Navajo Nation Council in 2002, reminds us that, “The Diné have a sacred obligation and duty to respect, preserve, and protect all that was provided, for we were designated as the steward of these relatives.”
Restoring our values
“All creation, from Mother Earth and Father Sky to the animals, those who live in water, those who fly, and plant life, have their own laws, and have rights and freedom to exist.”
The extraction and burning of coal has exposed our families and our plant and animal relatives to toxic pollution and habitat destruction, and has been in direct conflict with the Navajo Nation’s own Fundamental Law. It is time to return to Diné traditional law, to be in harmony with the world, and prioritize energy policies that are line with our values and virtues.