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Carbon Sovereignty: Coal, Development, and Energy Transition in the Navajo Nation
April 13, 2023 • 1:00pm
Carbon Sovereignty, a forthcoming book by University of Arizona assistant professor Andrew Curley, covers key arguments that focus on coal and development in the Navajo Nation and the meaning of work and sovereignty for the tribe in the 21st century.
At the Baker Center on April 13, Curley will discuss his ethnography that documents a 2013 process of lease renewal between the Navajo Nation, the largest American Indian tribe in the United States, and the owners of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), the most important coal-fired power plant in Arizona.
Curley works in the School of Geography, Development & Environment at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, located on the territories of the Tohono O’odham, Yaqui, and Apache peoples. He is Diné and a member of the Navajo Nation. His research focuses on the everyday incorporation of Indigenous nations into colonial economies.