Diné Environmental Institute (DEI)

General Information

The 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.

RESEARCH

AIR
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.

EARTH
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.

WATER
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.

ENERGY
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.

Uranium Impacts:

DEI conducts environmental research to determine impacts to Navajo communities affected by past Nuclear Industries under the Manhattan Engineering District and the Atomic Energy Commission. The rush into nuclear energy left long last impacts to our environmental: water, land, air, animals and human health.

DEI’s research activities assesses risks from Abandoned Uranium Mines and mill processing sites as points of exposure to the environment and human health. These assessments include mills site phytoremediation and bio-sequestration studies, uranium mined watershed studies and investigations of occurrences of heavy metals and radionuclides in domestic animals (sheep, cattle and goats). DEI has a Cooperative Agreement with USEPA-Region IX using the recent Tronox Settlement Agreement that resulted in a billion dollar settlement to cleanup uranium mines and associate uranium waste on Navajo lands. Much of these resulted from Kerr McGee Industries uranium mining and milling practices and lack of reclamation of mined lands.

DEI is also involved in other environmental studies and sampling activities in the local Navajo Nation’s Northern Agency area, mainly the continue sampling of the San Juan River resulting from the 2015 Gold King Mine Spill incident.

Superfund terminologies/definitions & Diné Glossary:

As a part of the Tronox clean-up activities, DEI developed a Diné Language Glossary on Superfund project terminologies. This Glossary will assist Diné interpreters and translators to better communicate with impacted Diné communities and promote community participation and input.

Diné Language Translations of Tronox-Specific Terminologies

Uranium Education Program(UEP)

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.

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.

http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/flash/southwest/flash.php