Up to 50 people attended the Save the Confluence Community Cookout & Gathering on Saturday, Sept. 23, on the western Navajo Nation.

Four Navajo Nation delegates, Grand Canyon Trust officials, and local residents, toured the area in southern Bodaway to highlight the need to preserve sacred sites, the fragile ecosystem and the threatened way of life for families still living on the land.

Visiting delegates were the following:  Speaker of Navajo Nation Council Crystalyne Curley, who represents Tachee/Blue Gap, Many Farms, Nazlini, Tselani/Cottonwood and Low Mountain. Cherilyn Yazzie, who represents Dilcon, Indian Wells, Teesto, Whitecone and Greasewood Springs. Brenda Jesus represents Oaksprings and St. Michaels. Andy Nez represents Crystal, Fort Defiance, Red Lake and Sawmill.

Navajo Parks & Recreation staff from Cameron also helped pick up trash at Salt Trail, a popular spot for international hikers.

Save the Confluence and Flagstaff-based Grand Canyon Trust helped organize the cookout. Funding for the event came from an environmental justice grant that STC received in 2021.

Here are scenes from the event. (Tip: Select any image to launch a full-screen slideshow.)