All photographs and video © Carlan Tapp - Naamehnay Project - Question of Power 2019 - All Rights Reserved - May not be reproduced or used without written consent

Creating a visual voice for social justice, environmental and health issues resulting from the energy industrialization of Native American Homelands and Sacred Places.



From 2004 through 2016 Question of Power provided a visual voice for the Navajo People in the Four Corners area whose lives had been impacted by the mining, burning and disposal of coal waste.  Question of Power also provided the Navajo People a visual voice to stop future coal burning power plants.   Those photographs and stories were used as evidence in Federal Court in favor of the Navajo People.


For the past twelve years Question of Power also provided a visual voice for the Lummi Nation in Washington State to stop a coal transportation terminal from being built on their Sacred Land, and for the communities of Bokoshe, Oklahoma and Uniontown, Alabama who have been affected by the burning and disposal of coal waste materials.


Click on the photographs to see and hear the stories.

Lucy A. Willie shares the story of traditional Navajo way of  life before strip mining for coal began.

Jay Julius, Lummi Nation, shares history of tribe and concerns regarding a proposed coal export port  to be built directly over their ancestral home site.

Uniontown Living in Coal Ash.  Residents of Uniontown living next to the Arrowhead coal ash site.

Navajo Nation community member Cynthia Dixon shares the story of her sheep dying from the strip mining of coal in New Mexico.

Alice Gilmore is displaced from her home and grazing permits on the Navajo Nation by strip mining for coal.

In the Air We Breathe.  Bokoshe, OK, a community filled with cancer from exposure to (CCW) coal ash.