As a public intellectual, Farina King is committed to community outreach and service. She is a part of various communities, which diverge but also intersect with one another. Her purpose is to make a difference in the world through her work and relationships.
King’s family and people are currently facing the struggles of “Operation Yellow Water” in the aftermath of the Gold King Mine Toxic Waste Spill that contaminated the Animas River and San Juan River.
King organized a symposium, “Water River Life Giver,” at Dartmouth College on April 29, 2016 that featured Navajo guest speakers on the waste water spill and local speakers in the Northeast on water issues. Learn more about the event and activities involved at WaterRiverLifeGiver.org.
You can listen to a segment from the public radio broadcast (WRUV FM Burlington) of Moccasin Tracks, “Water River Life Giver and Navajo Water Issues,” featuring King on May 31, 2016 by clicking this Podcast.
You can view and share the video recording of the Water River Life Giver Symposium at Dartmouth College through the following link: Water River Life-Giver Livestream.
For the symposium, we asked Dartmouth students what water means to them. Some students also took the #dirtywaterchallenge to drink faux-dirty water in an effort to bring awareness to the communities struggling with water contamination.
Operation Yellow Water (operationyellowwater.com) is another important resource for becoming informed and involved.
King also helped to organize a forum at Southern Methodist University with the Clements Center on “Why Standing Rock Matters” in October 2016. See the forum on YouTube by clicking on the following link: Why Standing Rock Matters. The Dallas News covered the event in Oil Safety or Environmental Racism? Sicangu Lakota elder and leader Leonard Crow Dog dedicated the forum as recorded in this video (click on link): Why Standing Rock Matters.
King most recently has been organizing panels and forums relating to Navajo perspectives and voices of the Bears Ears National Monument. You can watch the panel, “Navajo Voices on Bears Ears” (by clicking on the given link), which occurred at the University of Utah on October 11, 2017.