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Black Mesa Water Coalition is dedicated to preserving and protecting Mother Earth and the integrity of Indigenous Peoples’ cultures, with the vision of building sustainable and healthy communities. BMWC 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 health promotion within Navajo and Hopi communities. We continue to be strongly led by young adults while relying on an inter-generational support network. We hold at our foundation the concept of empowering our people and working in collaboration with surrounding communities and organizations to address the problems we collectively face. As young Navajo people brought up in our traditions, and reborn in the environmental justice movement, we at BMWC know we must break our dependence on the fossil fuel industry in order to realize the true potential of our Navajo and Hopi people.
Over our past ten years, BMWC has grown up in many ways, transforming our self from a small, unfunded, primarily reactionary student group to a well-established, non-profit organization that utilizes proactive strategies such as green economic development. We are now a leader in energy justice issues in the southwest and around the country. Click here to watch a short video about BMWC’s first 10 years. Our work has developed into three main program areas: No Coal & Environmental Justice, Restorative Economy, and Leadership Development. Combined these three programs force a transition away from the fossil fuel economy, put in place a green economy to replace it, and ensure long-term support for a diversified, community-owned and sustainable way of life.
BMWC’s Internship Program:
We see our internship program as a way not only to support the organization’s work, but also as a way to support the leadership development of young people. We believe that many viewpoints and expertise are valuable. We appreciate applicants who bring a college education or expertise in research and writing as well as applicants who bring street/rez education or expertise in traditional life ways. To apply for an internship please complete the following application and return via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Intern Application” as the subject line. If you have any questions or you need assistance in completing your application call our office at 928-213-5909.
Thank you for your interest in interning with the BMWC!