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Cashing in on Standing Rock
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April 16, 2018

In this issue, we track the money that poured into groups involved with protests at Standing Rock in North Dakota and trace how one group spent the donations they received. Also in this issue, a look at the development of electric car infrastructure in the Interior West, and a reflection on the dramatic change the Pawnee Buttes in Colorado experienced once natural gas was found.

Feature

Cashing in on Standing Rock
Cashing in on Standing Rock
How Veterans Stand squandered $1.4 million raised around the #NoDAPL protests.

Current

Harassment pervades the Bureau of Indian Affairs
Harassment pervades the Bureau of Indian Affairs
One of the oldest agencies in the Department of Interior appears to have some of its worst harassment problems.
By the numbers: harassment in the Interior Department
By the numbers: harassment in the Interior Department
Findings from the department’s survey.
A flurry of research illuminates snow’s foes
A flurry of research illuminates snow’s foes
New studies detail how hotter temperatures, humid air and wind-blown dust can pummel the Western snowpack.
Along the border, 500 miles of desert species
Along the border, 500 miles of desert species
As Trump’s wall lurches forward, ‘BioBlitz’ records the Borderlands’ biodiversity.
What’s quelling the anxiety of electric-car drivers?
What’s quelling the anxiety of electric-car drivers?
Charging corridors will make an interior West electric-car roadtrip increasingly possible.
Latest: Washington state bans salmon farms
Latest: Washington state bans salmon farms
An escape of non-native salmon prompted the state to shut down aquaculture.
Latest: Toxic-tinged wildlife refuge deemed safe for visitors
Latest: Toxic-tinged wildlife refuge deemed safe for visitors
But conservation groups fear contamination at Colorado’s Rocky Flats still lingers.

Editor's Note

Standing Rock and accountability
Standing Rock and accountability
Standing Rock echoed violence of the past and, for many people, awoke desire for atonement.

Essays

A Dreamer dreams of running for office
A Dreamer dreams of running for office
Over a year into the Trump presidency, reflections from a young immigrant.
Frackin’ on heaven’s door
Frackin’ on heaven’s door
How many people over the centuries have loved the Pawnee Buttes, only to see them ravaged?

Book Reviews

The Gates of the Arctic, revealed
The Gates of the Arctic, revealed
From charging bears to glacier-carved valleys, photographs capture the real nature of the national park.
What we have forgotten about the vilified gray wolf
What we have forgotten about the vilified gray wolf
The saga of O-Six lays bare the intricacies of a familiar, parallel society in wolves.

Heard Around the West

Saguaro thieves; Cats in precarious spots; Trump highway
Saguaro thieves; Cats in precarious spots; Trump highway
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

New adventures and new faces
New adventures and new faces
As spring blooms in Paonia, more visitors come to the office.

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