Coal in the Navajo Nation

Coal in the Navajo Nation: A matter of resilience

Photo: The Nature Conservancy

Introduction

The coal industry has a long and complicated history within the Navajo Nation, which historically has spanned territory in Utah, Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico. Against the backdrop of a nationwide retreat from coal-as-energy, the sprawling tribal territory has an opportunity to reclaim their land and provide a template for positive outcomes in other environmental justice scenarios nationwide. 


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