Light Up Navajo initiative helps tribe with ‘life-changing’ access to electrical grid

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Melisha Beyal grew up on the Navajo Nation and always wanted to put a home on her family’s homesite in Klagetoh . It’s where her family is from and where she grew up — but it’s also in an area that doesn’t have access to electricity or running water.

In fact, her mother moved away from the homesite when she was able to move into community housing down the road that was equipped with running water and electricity.

Beyal, 38, has lived with her mother her entire life and now has two children, with a third on the way. She knew it was time to try and get her own home.

In 2021, Beyal set out to achieve that dream. Her family’s homesite is along Apache County Road 421, just off U.S. Highway 191, and she got her homesite lease for an area on her family’s land and leveled the dirt so a home could be built.

By February of this year, she was able to place a trailer down, and it was time for her to work on getting her lights turned on. That’s when she heard about the Light Up Navajo initiative , which launched its third year last month.

Light Up Navajo III (LUN III) is a mutual aid project that extends service to Navajo homes without electricity, and local Navajo utility crews work alongside other utility companies.She was encouraged to apply for the program through the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA). Beyal said the Dilkon NTUA office informed her […]

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