“If the Navajo people and coal were to declare their relationship status on Facebook, they’d have to chose the ‘it’s complicated’ option,” he writes on his blog, speakingloudandsayingnothing.blogspot.com. “Everyone in my small sample identified respiratory problems associated with burning coal in the home. Everyone acknowledged that the coal mined on the reservation is used to generate energy off the reservation for surrounding megalopolises such as Denver, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Las Vegas and L.A. They found this arrangement to be problematic. It should be noted that the Navajo Nation has the largest coal mining operation in the southwest and one of the largest operations in the world.”
The only question is why it appears to be hanging in a nondescript alley. Ideally it should be displayed as prominently as possible.
For more on Native-themed street art, see Lakota Photo Mural in NYC and Billboard Advocate Seeks Donations.
Below: Behind Tat-Fu in Flagstaff, AZ.