Diné Environmental Institute

General Information

DEI LogoThe increased awareness of the science, math, environmental, and technological fields of profession are a primary goal for DEI. With research based learning and a focus on cirriculum development, we aim toward a progressive system of student learning, adhering to the college mission so each student will develop into a determined, self-reliant student in the science, math, environmental, and technological fields.


Diné College –Shiprock Campus provides technical and cultural support to the U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, and in cooperation with the Navajo Nation Division of Health, in examining connections between residential and industrial coal usage.

As part of a joint collaborative effort between Diné College and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (OLM), under a sub-contract with the S.M. Stoller Corporation Research, student interns have been assisting in the assessment of remediation design of contaminated soils and.

The objective of the Region 9 Water Quality survey project is to document an overview of unregulated water sources for unauthorized domestic usage by the Navajo public.

The purpose of the study is to compare the current self-reporting of health symptoms to a previous study conducted by the Navajo Division of Health in 1998, and determine if self-reported health symptoms significantly changed in relationship with distance from oil and gas production facilities.

Tox Town

DEI has been working on a “Tox Town” project in collaboration with the National Library of Medicine. Tox Town is an interactive webpage that introduces users to an example of a southwest desert scenario and the toxic chemicals and environmental health risks one might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places.