Black Mesa Water Coalition was formed in 2001 by a group of young inter-tribal, inter-ethnic people dedicated to addressing issues of water depletion, natural resource exploitation, and public health within Navajo and Hopi communities. Since then BMWC has grown up in many ways, transforming from a small, unfunded, primarily reactionary student group to a well-established non-profit organization that utilizes proactive strategies such as green economic development. Today, we are a leader in energy justice issues in the Southwest and around the country. True to our roots, our work is focused on the Black Mesa region. However, because of the region’s role as a linchpin for the energy infrastructure of the southwest, the potential impacts of our work span across the Navajo Nation, the southwest, and the country.
BMWC is dedicated to preserving and protecting Mother Earth and the integrity of Indigenous Peoples’ cultures, with the vision of building sustainable and healthy communities.
We strive to empower young people and spark collaboration with surrounding communities and organizations to address the problems we collectively face.
Our central goals are: