September 23, 2015
We spent several nights as visitors in Navajo Nation. During this time we reflected on some of the affects of mineral extraction. I say ‘some’ because I don't think I can fully grasp what the affects are on people living in such close proximity to fracking and coal mining sites. I don’t want to post at length about the controversy around mineral extraction in Navajo Nation, but I would like to encourage you to do a bit of research, if you are not familiar with this topic. I had only a little understanding of some of these issues before the trip. I was shocked at what we witnessed.
One of the fracking sites we visited.
Our hosts in Navajo Nation were some of the most sharing and compassionate people I have met. We experienced aspects of Navajo tradition I could have never imagined having the opportunity to partake in. I am fortunate to have been invited as a visitor.
This is the view from where we camped. If you glimpse into the doorway you can see Shiprock jetting up in the distance.