Fracking Boom Expands Near Chaco Canyon, Threatens Navajo Ancestral Lands and People

“Our ancestors sacrificed their lives for this land. What are we showing for it?”  Nicholas Ashley, another Diné youth, asked. “We are looking at resource colonization,” he says.

“Despite being at the forefront of energy extraction, our people do not see its benefits; approximately 1/4 of our people today live without electricity and running water on the Navajo Nation, while our economy functions at an unemployment rate of 60%, and our young people are leaving due to lack of opportunity,” their group’s mission statement says.

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