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"At the time when the earth kisses the sky in a vibrant, holy expression, she secured her turquoise jewelry and wrapped moccasins to her feet and stepped out of the hogan to begin her first of many runs to become a Diné woman. The first step was the easiest since she had mentally prepared herself for the long trek ahead knowing that the entirety of her focus should be on prayer, humility, balance, beauty, family, and mediation.

She put one foot in front of the other and could feel the earth caressing her feet with each step. The wind whispered into her ears and breathed into her lungs encouraging her to move forward for the sake of longevity and vitality. Fatigue eventually set in but the thought of life, balance, beauty, and family kept her going. The passing of the southwest desert landscape in her peripheral vision was steeped with life that reaffirmed her relation to the interconnectedness to the earth mother as she ran to confirm her newly established role as a Diné woman in a humble way. As she was running, she mediated, reflected, prayed, and restored her thoughts to place of beauty to demonstrate balance and harmony.

Unfortunately, the serenity was rudely interrupted by the chugging and turning of the numerous mechanical structures used to suck vital minerals and natural resources from the earth by oil and gas companies in the San Juan Basin which encompasses Dinétah. These foreign bodies did not understand the lasting damage that they the procedure would cause to the earth mother; nor, did they foresee the adverse implications that it would have for the future generations still to come.

All she could do on her run was ignore the smell and the sound as she did time and time again so that she could try to focus on her prayers, humility, balance, beauty, and family.

But, how could she when these obstructions in her backyard stood as constant reminders of the existence of colonial systematic oppression aiding to the environmental racism and degradation of Diné continuity?”

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