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Welcome to
New Mexico
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.


International Uranium Film Festival 2024
Window Rock, Arizona 

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"Our tradition has always been to protect our children, land and culture. It is our duty and responsibility."

Peterson Zah

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.

Indigenous Issues

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.

Social Justice

Numerous minority communities across Greater McKinley County and surrounding areas face adversity stemming from inadequate access to healthcare, employment opportunities, education, and unjust policies.

Food Security

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.

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Support our mission and drive change by donating today!

Your contribution fuels our efforts in tackling critical issues like food security, environmental justice, and Indigenous rights.

Join us in breaking down barriers, fostering equity, and empowering Indigenous communities.

Every donation makes a difference.
Your generosity makes a difference!
 We appreciate all donations and support.  
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