Nicole
Horseherder
Executive Director
Tó Nizhóní Ání
About Nicole Horseherder

Nicole Horseherder is Diné (Navajo) and executive director of Tó Nizhóní Ání (“Beautiful Water Speaking”) which works to protect the environment, land, water, sky and people of her tribal homeland in the Black Mesa region (Dził Yijiin) of Navajo Nation. Nicole’s climate advocacy work has been widely featured on NPR, PBS, and elsewhere. In 2019, Nicole was recognized by Elle magazine as one of the world’s leading female voices in the fight against anthropogenic climate change. Nicole holds a masters of arts in linguistics from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Nicole’s was raised by her grandparents. Both grandparents practiced a traditional life of ceremonies, ranching, farming, and Nicole has continued to follow the traditions of her people — traditions which inform her work as an activist. Currently, To Nizhoni Ani, under Nicoles leadership, is focused on transition efforts for the Navajo (Diné) Nation, which is impacted by Coal Plant closure.

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