Social Justice & Equity Institute
We work to change systems that perpetuate environmental and health disparities related to the impacts of institutional racism and multi-generational trauma.
We acknowledge that we operate on Dine’, Zuni, and Acoma lands.
"Our tradition has always been to protect our children, land and culture. It is our duty and responsibility."
First Navajo Nation President
Low Mountain, Navajo Nation
What We Do
We work primarily with both American Indian communities and rural areas to develop and mentor individuals toward equitable policy change.
Train and develop authentic community-based community leaders;
Create and sustain partnerships in New Mexico;
Support a vibrant, equitable community that respects and honors all individuals
Learn more about our Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to analyze how uranium mining in McKinley County affected the physical, emotional, economic and spiritual health of communities.
Addressing issues such as MMIW, religious conversion, boarding schools, domestic violence, and other factors which contribute to generational trauma is a large component in generational & racial healing.
Many minority groups within the Greater McKinley county area and beyond suffer due to the lack of access to healthcare, employment, educational opportunities, and unlawful policies.
There are only 13 grocery stores throughout the Navajo Nation which expands over 27,000 square miles. Lack of access to drinkable water, electricity and cellular service is a tremendous health barrier to Indigenous communities.