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Literally "the People." That's what Diné-the Navajo word for themselves-means. #renewables https://t.co/Rend4koHp2

I'm originally from a Navajo Nation community called Pueblo Pintado, in New Mexico. Because my parents were teachers in the 1970s, we had electricity at our house on the reservation. My grandparents didn't. They lived on an isolated part of the Navajo Nation, and when I visited them, I went to bed earlier, and it was a lot more quiet. We would hike in the canyons and herd sheep, or chop wood or ride horses. There were big electricity lines going through the reservation from coal-fired power plants, but they bypassed the houses. I didn't think much of it because my grandparents always had kerosene lanterns. But in college, I started taking courses in economics and Native American issues, and I became more aware. After graduating, I worked for the Navajo Nation in Washington, D.C., and saw the power of public policy. I was interested in renewable energy, solar in particular,...

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