Getting it Out of My System

Seven Generations 2020

John Redhouse
Getting It Out of My System
ink on paper
11 x 8 ½ x ¼ in.
lent by Nick Estes

Seven Generations 2020

John Redhouse in 1975
courtesy of John Redhouse

Born in Farmington, New Mexico, John Redhouse saw the environmental impacts of the coal-fired Four Corners Power Plant, which has produced a methane cloud over the area visible from space. He was also aware of the violence that Diné experienced at the hands of Anglo New Mexicans and was active in Indians Against Exploitation.

While he was a student at the University of New Mexico, three Navajo men were killed by three white teenagers near Farmington. In response to the 1974 murders, Redhouse formed the Coalition for Navajo Liberation. That same year, the organization partnered with the National Indian Youth Council (NIYC) to protest the construction of coal gasification plants on the Navajo Nation. Redhouse’s activism was prolific, and he went on to serve as Associate Director of the NIYC, co-found Diné CARE (Citizens Against Ruining our Environment), and work with the American Indian Environmental Council in Albuquerque, New Mexico.