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.

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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

We are conducting a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to analyze how uranium mining in McKinley County affected the physical, emotional, economic and spiritual health of communities. 

Indigenous Issues

Indigenous women are murdered at a higher rate than all other ethnicities. We address MMIW, religious conversion, boarding schools, domestic violence, and other factors which contribute to generational trauma. 

Social Justice

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.

Food Security

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.


  • World Cafe' Event
    Jul 23, 2023, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    El Morro Events Center , 210 S 2nd St. Gallup, NM 87301
    Please join us on July 23, 2022 from 9am-1pm for a World Cafe event with the New Mexico Social Justice and Equity Institute. Participants will have the opportunity to strategize about the following community priorities during the event.