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
Discover further insights into our Health Impact Assessment (HIA), examining the comprehensive impact of uranium mining in McKinley County on the physical, emotional, economic, and spiritual well-being of local communities.
Tackling concerns like Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), religious conversion, boarding school legacies, domestic violence, and other contributing elements to generational trauma forms a significant aspect of achieving generational and racial healing.
Numerous minority communities across Greater McKinley County and surrounding areas face adversity stemming from inadequate access to healthcare, employment opportunities, education, and unjust policies.
Only 13 grocery stores serve the entire Navajo Nation, spanning across 27,000 square miles. The scarcity of potable water, electricity, and reliable cellular service poses significant health barriers for Indigenous communities.