History

The Grand Canyon turns 100
The Grand Canyon turns 100
A reflection on the peculiar history that lead to the iconic national park designation.
Border security will always be elusive
Border security will always be elusive
The Borderlands have long been governed by impermanent and shifting policies.
Adoption didn’t solve the ‘Indian Problem’
Adoption didn’t solve the ‘Indian Problem’
An author recounts how 1960s policies ripped apart families and communities, including her own.
How the Los Angeles Times went from union-busting to media role model
How the Los Angeles Times went from union-busting to media role model
Resistance to deep cutbacks have brought about change to the 137-year-old paper.
Indigenous comics push back against hackneyed stereotypes
Indigenous comics push back against hackneyed stereotypes
The ‘noble savage’ in comics is dead. Long live the Dakwäkãda Warriors.
Reckoning with History: How the once-radical Endangered Species Act was weakened
Reckoning with History: How the once-radical Endangered Species Act was weakened
The ESA started out strong, but opponents have chipped away at the landmark law.
A fishing rod stronger than war’s dark legacy
A fishing rod stronger than war’s dark legacy
After his father’s suicide, a son seeks solace in the streams.
Edward Abbey’s warnings were right
Edward Abbey’s warnings were right
Author Amy Irvine’s answer to the classic ‘Desert Solitaire’ on its 50th anniversary.
Reckoning with History: When we overcame political division
Reckoning with History: When we overcame political division
50 years ago, a functional Congress enacted four important conservation bills.
Can hunting keep us human?
Can hunting keep us human?
In the New Machine Age, hunting helps us accept mortality as truth.
Where are the Indigenous children who never came home?
Where are the Indigenous children who never came home?
An untold number of students at Carlisle Indian School disappeared. Tribal nations raise the stakes in search of answers.
The pioneer of ruin
The pioneer of ruin
Amid a desolate mess in Cisco, Utah, a young woman resurrects a home.
Photos: Above a Western waste land
Photos: Above a Western waste land
A photo collection of 67 Superfund sites shows landscapes vandalized by mines and nuclear plants.
Reckoning with History: Wildfire suppression is a decades-old conundrum
Reckoning with History: Wildfire suppression is a decades-old conundrum
Wilderness managers are still trying to balance the risks and necessity of fire.
Behind the iconic, dystopian images of the New Deal
Behind the iconic, dystopian images of the New Deal
A short-lived photography project captured rural poverty during the Great Depression.
Trevor Noah owes Indigenous women an apology
Trevor Noah owes Indigenous women an apology
Racially and sexually objectifying Aboriginal women reflects a long practice in Australia and abroad.
Reckoning with History: The legacy of lynching in the West
Reckoning with History: The legacy of lynching in the West
Violence, often thought of as ‘frontier justice,’ disproportionately targeted people of color.
Why Justice Anthony Kennedy wasn’t good for Indian Country
Why Justice Anthony Kennedy wasn’t good for Indian Country
The retiring Supreme Court justice leaves a legacy of anti-tribal votes.
The wonder of White Sands
The wonder of White Sands
A photographer lovingly documents New Mexico’s desert national monument.
‘Little House’ and the identity of the prairie struggle
‘Little House’ and the identity of the prairie struggle
The gritty reality behind Laura Ingalls Wilder’s writings.
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