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Power to the People – North American Clean Energy Magazine

Bringing clean energy & water to rural Navajo elders
By John Connell

Navajo people living in the Four Corners Region of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah have some of the most abundant sunlight in North America. In fact, they are the major electric supplier for the entire southwest through coal mining and coal-fired plants. Perhaps surprisingly, however, over 20,000 Navajo still live in homes without electricity, running water, or sanitation.



Jedis and Indians! Live from the ‘Navajo Star Wars’ Premiere

Jorge Martin Melchor |
July 10, 2013

The movie Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope may be more than 35 years old, but it got a new life July 3 when a version dubbed into the Navajo (or Dine’) language premiered in Window Rock, Arizona. “Navajo Star Wars,” as it’s been called, was a partnership between Lucasfilm and the Navajo people, and is part of the effort to get current and future generations interested in the Navajo language. Judging by the reactions, it seems to have worked — the roughly 200 people who filled a rodeo stadium that night erupted in cheers and screams when they heard familiar characters like C-3PO and Darth Vader delivering classic dialogue in their beloved Dine’ language.


Navajo speech comes to life in ‘Star Wars’

By Betty Reid The Republic |
Sun Jun 30, 2013 12:32 AM


When Terry Teller was a boy, he would bring Luke Skywalker to life in a wash near the Navajo Nation’s Lukachukai Mountains in northern Arizona. Sticks turned into imaginary light sabers as he acted out scenes from the 1977 classic “Star Wars.” Teller never expected that, two decades later, he would give Navajo voice to the role of Skywalker on the silver screen.

Teller, 34, is one of seven Navajos whose bizaad their language was dubbed into the original George Lucas film, which is now known as “Episode IV: A New Hope.” “When you are young, it’s cool to be a Jedi, and you don’t think about being the real one,” Teller said. “But to be really a part of the movie, that’s real exciting.” Organizers hope the project will bring attention to the language and inspire tribal youth to learn it.

The first public showing of the Navajo-dubbed film is scheduled for 9p.m. Wednesday in Window Rock during the Navajo Nation’s Fourth of July celebration.

“What I can’t believe is how big this project has grown,” said Manuelito Wheeler, Navajo Nation Museum director, who came up with the idea.

“I hope that it has the impact that I wanted it to have.

“When the project will be final for me is when I watch shima sani (maternal grandmother) watch this movie (and) smile with understanding because she does not speak English.” (more…)


Diggin’ Off-Grid on the Navajo Nation – Arizona State University

Plateau Solar Project

For two weeks in May, ASU students and faculty members helped install solar-based, off-grid living solutions for elders in remote areas of the Leupp Chapter on the Navajo Nation. This service-learning trip, organized by ASU College of Technology and Innovation’s GlobalResolve program, was part of the Plateau Solar Project, which provides underserved Navajo communities with renewable energy, clean water, sanitation, weatherization services, and solar maintenance.

Join the principals of the project, lead faculty, and students for a discussion about trench digging, structure building, and solar installation.

Introduced by Dan O’Neill, general manager of ASU’s Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives’ Sustainability Solutions Extension Service and moderated by Dr. Mark Henderson, director of GlobalResolve and professor in the College of Technology and Innovation.

Elsa Johnson, executive director, IINA Solutions
Mark Snyder, CEO, Mark Snyder Electric
Michael Funk, graduate student, College of Technology and Innovation
Hyejung Lim, undergraduate student, School of Sustainability

The Plateau Solar Project is a joint initiative of IINA Solutions, a Navajo nonprofit, and Mark Snyder Electric.

Monday, September 24, 2012
12:00 -- 1:30 p.m.
(lunch will be provided)
Wrigley Hall, Room 481
Arizona State University, Tempe campus


Navajo Nation Power Vs. Coal and Uranium – The Burt Cohen Show

Progressive Radio Network’s The Burt Cohen Show is a weekly radio show that tackles a wide range of today’s social, economic, and political issues. With hard-hitting questions and a keen understanding of our planet’s interconnecting social and economic fabric, Burt reveals the hidden truths behind the stories that affect us all and giving you the information you need to build freedom, community, and a much better world.

Las Vegas and much of Southwestern US is lit up by dirty coal from Navajo Nation. Yet many of the impoverished people there lack electricity or water. Guest on this show is Elsa Johnson, a Navajo environmentalist and human right advocate who talks about recent successes they’ve had taking on Big Coal and uranium which have done such harm to the health of that nation. They’re looking to the sun for a brighter economic and cultural future.

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