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  • Eleanor Smith of Tó Nizhóní Ání talks about the organization's mission, advocating for environmental justice on Black Mesa, as well as how you can support their work.
  • A group dedicated to protecting water sources in the Black Mesa region of northeast Arizona has filed resolutions from eighteen different Navajo chapter houses to a federal agency in opposition to proposed water storage projects. Tó Nizhóní Ání, or Sacred Water Speaks, is a Navajo nonprofit that works to protect water sources on Black Mesa from misuse and contamination by energy companies. Adrian Herder, a campaign lead for Sacred Water Speaks, says that his organization has submitted resolutions to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission opposing the three Black Mesa Pumped Storage projects. And more money than ever before is being spent on lobbying in Colorado. The Colorado Sun reports more than $50M went to lobbyists from July 1, 2022 to the end of June this year.
  • A new store that sells potable water has opened up in Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation. About a third of the roughly 170,000 people who live on the Navajo Nation do not have access to clean, reliable drinking water, according to the tribe’s Department of Water Resources. Many Navajo citizens regularly have to drive for miles to haul water back to their communities. Elijah Bitah is a co-founder of Tó Water Company, which celebrated its grand opening in Shiprock on Saturday. Bitah says that he and his family were inspired to start Tó, a Navajo word that means water, after visiting a similar drinking water business in Gallup. They also saw a need for residents of Shiprock to have access to clean water after the Gold King Mine Spill in 2015, which caused wastewater containing heavy metals like arsenic and lead to flow into the Animas and San Juan rivers.
  • There’s been an increase in hydropower projects across the U.S., including on different tribal reservations. But some advocates say tribes like the Navajo Nation aren’t being consulted enough about their development.
  • The northern skies of the Navajo Nation are clearer after the closure of the coal-powered Navajo Generating Station. But the region also lost jobs and tax revenue. A proposed pumped storage hydropower plant that uses the generating station’s transmission lines could help area transition. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a preliminary permit for the project last year. Justin Higginbottom reports on the legacy of coal-fired power on the Navajo Nation and what comes next.
  • Tras una audiencia pública larga y controvertida el jueves pasado acerca de los permisos de alto impacto y uso especial para nuevos operadores en el sitio de la fábrica Ironwood, la comisión de planificación y zonificación del condado de Montezuma nuevamente aplazó la audiencia para el 13 de junio.
  • Niloy Chakrabati Neel, who wrote under the pseudonym Niloy Neel, had advocated against Muslim extremism and in favor of women's rights. He is the fourth such social media activist killed this year.
  • My Bubba, a Swedish and Icelandic duo, swung through Jack White's Third Man Records in Nashville to record two songs for the label's Blue Series, including this spare beauty, "Gone."
  • The Gershwin estate stipulates that Porgy and Bess should be performed by an all-black cast. The Hungarian State Opera in Budapest reportedly asked its mostly white cast to say that they are black.
  • Critic Kenneth Turan says Going Clear and The Hunting Ground are among the films that "blew people away" at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
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