To Nizhoni Ani (TNA) was founded in 2001 in response to Peabody Coal Company’s excessive use and waste of the only potable water source the Navajo people have on Black Mesa. TNA is working to educate young people about coal, and is developing solar projects at a number of sites on Black Mesa that would produce energy needed for the Navajo Nation and decrease dependence on fossil fuel and importation of electricity made elsewhere.
To Nizhoni Ani will use their funding for a campaign to educate and create awareness among the youth of Black Mesa on the harmful effects coal has on the environment and human health. Youth education and training will focus on broad solutions to the protection of water resources and aquifers and on policy and regulation. Funding will cover outreach, travel, and supplies.