Glenna was born and lives in Black Mesa near Peabody Western Coal Company strip mine. She is a Director of Forgotten People, a grassroots organization on the Navajo Nation. She is a sheep herder living a traditional subsistence based lifestyle without electricity or running water. Glenna has advocated for her people at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, and at the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. Her work contributed to the adoption of Article 10 in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples opposing forced relocation. Glenna was instrumental in in getting a Resolution of Support from the German Parliament and European Parliament. Glenna’s advocacy led to the first investigation by the UN of the US for human rights violations against the Navajo people. Glenna hosted the meeting with a representative from the UN Commission on Human Rights and NGOs at her traditional Hogan in Black Mesa. Glenna is a master weaver and has done demonstration weaving throughout the U.S.
Rena Babbitt Lane
Rena was born and lives on top of Black Mesa on the route of the coal slurry pipeline that used to pump 3 million gallons of precious ground water every day to transport coal from Peabody Western Coal Company’s Black Mesa mine. Rena is a Director of Forgotten People, a grassroots organization on the Navajo Nation. Rena does not speak or read English, but has been an outspoken critic of Peabody Western Coal Company and the US Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Rena has led demonstrations at Southern California Edison and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. She was featured in a VICE News documentary “Cursed by Coal-Mining the Navajo Nation” and on Swiss Public Radio & TV. Her livestock have been confiscated on several occasions, and she suffered a heart attack and a collapsed lung as a result of abuse by BIA Rangers. On her 92nd birthday Rena led a march into Window Rock, the Navajo Nation capitol to protest livestock confiscations by the BIA. Rena is a master weaver and has done demonstration weaving at rug shows. She enjoys weaving with her daughters in her traditional Hogan. Rena is a sheep herder and does not have electricity or running water.