Fellowship Application

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.

Leadership Program & Organizing Fellowship


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 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. Visit BMWC’s website at www.blackmesawatercoalition.org to learn more and watch a short video about BMWC’s first 10 years.

BMWC strives to empower young people while building sustainable communities.

Our three key goals are:

  1. To heal and redefine our world by reaffirming our power – rooted in our Indigenous teaching of Hozhó – to ensure respectful, self-determined, and engaged communities that will achieve long term self-sufficiency, absent all forms of oppression.
  2. To restore and maintain our relationship to Mother Earth as a sacred being, ensuring our communities make and implement decisions that protect her regenerative ability to provide for the well being of all creation.
  3. To transition away from an extractive economy to a culturally based, ecologically restorative economy that is determined, controlled, and managed by local communities that which ensures all families are healthy and vibrant.


The goals of the 2017 Organizing Fellowship are to: 1) Intentionally grow the organizing capacity of the Navajo Nation; 2) Support ongoing efforts to heal and inspire communities towards environmental justice and just transition; 3) Invest in and develop new young leaders by supporting them in gaining the skills and knowledge to address the unique challenges of the Navajo Nation, and; 4) Start young leaders on a pathway to take leadership in BMWC and other Navajo organizations and efforts. This summer, we are offering 10 – 15 fellowship positions for young people interested in learning how to organize on the Navajo Nation. As a Fellow, you will be supervised by BMWC staff and/or ally organizations. You will support ongoing projects and efforts, primarily teaming together to conduct workshops on Just Transition. You will also receive a week-long training on facilitating workshops with guidance from BMWC staff and allies.

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2017 Summer Fellowship Details

  • Fellow shall be trained in organizing, decolonization, environmental justice, climate justice, just transition, restorative and regenerative economies, and other relevant topics.
  • Fellow will be exposed to environmental justice issues and Just Transition efforts on the Navajo Nation.
  • Fellow will meet and learn from grassroots leaders and organizations currently leading these efforts for the Navajo Nation and nationally.
  • Fellow will have the opportunity to stay engaged in and participate in future events at the regional, national, and international level.
  • Fellow will be part of a support network.
  • Fellow will organize at least one workshop on Just Transition.
  • Fellow MUST participate in BMWC’s Week-long Organizing Fellowship Training, date TBD.
  • Fellowship start date: TBA. Fellowship end date: Tentatively, TBA but TBD with Fellow’s direct supervisor.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 16 – 23 years old. (Note: If applicant is 16 or 17 years old, please contact us to find out more details.)

To apply for the Summer Fellowship, please complete the following application and return via email to blackmesawc@gmail.com with “2018 FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION FORM” as the subject line. Additionally, if you have any questions or you need assistance in completing your application, also email us at blackmesawc@gmail.com with “Question: 2018 Summer Fellowship” as the subject line.