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The 416 Fire reminds us there’s no escape from climate change
The 416 Fire reminds us there’s no escape from climate change
Rumors that a popular tourist train sparked the fire have forced a reckoning.
After Malheur, side effects of the Bundys’ extremism linger
After Malheur, side effects of the Bundys’ extremism linger
But in Harney County, Oregon, collaboration around public lands grows.
How the Yurok Tribe is reclaiming the Klamath River
How the Yurok Tribe is reclaiming the Klamath River
For the first time, the largest tribe in California has one of its own to lead its legal battles.
The West’s students rally for gun reform
The West’s students rally for gun reform
Students across the region join the National Walkout Day protest for school safety.
In Congress, both parties agree on one public lands bill
In Congress, both parties agree on one public lands bill
A bill allowing public land sales for conservation inches towards passage.
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.
It’s time to read more books by Native women
It’s time to read more books by Native women
A list of female Native authors who are due for more recognition.
Indian Child Welfare Act attacks are a threat to tribes
Indian Child Welfare Act attacks are a threat to tribes
The law is essential to strengthening future Native American generations.
A billionaire tests the strength of public access laws
A billionaire tests the strength of public access laws
In California, a dispute over a public beach could head to the Supreme Court.
What to plant as spring approaches
What to plant as spring approaches
It’s time to peruse seed catalogues and plan for the gardening months of summer.
In Arizona, a push for school choice targets Latino voters
In Arizona, a push for school choice targets Latino voters
The program, which would primarily benefit wealthy families, has received support from a Koch-funded group.
Who can adopt a Native child?
Who can adopt a Native child?
The Indian Child Welfare Act has helped repair the damage of the boarding-school era – but not everyone wants it in place.
A way out of Bozeman’s shadow
A way out of Bozeman’s shadow
Belgrade, Montana, is growing just enough to assert an identity separate of its adjacent city.
A corporate takeover of legal weed looms in California
A corporate takeover of legal weed looms in California
Thousands of small-scale marijuana growers could be replaced by Big Ag.
‘Zombie trailers’ stalk a budding tourist town
‘Zombie trailers’ stalk a budding tourist town
A uranium town gone bust wants to rebuild, but derelict properties stand in its way.
A Western town says ‘no’ to guns in schools
A Western town says ‘no’ to guns in schools
School shootings raise a question that once seemed settled in Mancos, Colorado.
A celebration of equality and of the land
A celebration of equality and of the land
At a Wyoming wedding, a musician ponders the big questions of life.
West Obsessed: An Indigenous family’s struggle for housing
West Obsessed: An Indigenous family’s struggle for housing
Writer Julian Brave NoiseCat discusses the experience of the Waukazoo family.
A town clings to its small-town identity under pressure
A town clings to its small-town identity under pressure
Manhattan, Montana, has become a bedroom community with full schools but few businesses.
Fight over household wells highlights rural growing pains
Fight over household wells highlights rural growing pains
Can Washington balance development with the needs of rivers, fish and water users?
Animals’ advice for surviving trying times
Animals’ advice for surviving trying times
Are you the political equivalent of an armadillo, ant or tiger?
The protectors of British Columbia’s coast
The protectors of British Columbia’s coast
In the Great Bear Rainforest, Indigenous guardians enforce tribal and environmental laws.
Western states lead the fight to maintain net neutrality
Western states lead the fight to maintain net neutrality
Siding with tech giants, some lawmakers are pushing back against the FCC.
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