People & Places

Mom loves the desert. Daughter loves the Dollar Store.
Mom loves the desert. Daughter loves the Dollar Store.
Can a desert ‘superbloom’ compete with the flashy pull of toys and gadgets?
I used to raise cattle for slaughter. Now I refuse to eat meat.
I used to raise cattle for slaughter. Now I refuse to eat meat.
Once a holistic rancher, Laura Jean Schneider reflects on her decision to abandon the industry.
The West’s hidden corners offer a safe space for polygamists
The West’s hidden corners offer a safe space for polygamists
Each year, Mormon fundamentalists gather on a remote slice of southeastern Utah.
See the journey to a new career at a wildland fire academy
See the journey to a new career at a wildland fire academy
Ex-gang members, veterans and immigrants alike take a three-month course to become California firefighters.
When Arizona catches fire, prisoners step up
When Arizona catches fire, prisoners step up
In one of the West’s harshest penal systems, incarcerated wildfire fighters learn to see themselves anew.
The fallout of uncertainty in nuclear test communities
The fallout of uncertainty in nuclear test communities
For downwinders of bomb testing, plans for compensation to redress past harms makes for tricky politics.
Letters from Miguel: ‘I felt I had no option but to leave’
Letters from Miguel: ‘I felt I had no option but to leave’
How my correspondence with an immigrant detainee has given me hope.
The tyranny of lawns and landlords
The tyranny of lawns and landlords
Renting culture puts dreams of cultivating wildness out of reach.
Much of rural America is doomed to decline
Much of rural America is doomed to decline
Public policy solutions need to grapple with, not ignore, this economic reality.
Characters on the margins: An interview with Sydney Freeland
Characters on the margins: An interview with Sydney Freeland
Navajo director Sydney Freeland shares the story behind a career spent celebrating the lives of outsiders and underdogs.
‘None of this happened the way you think it did’
‘None of this happened the way you think it did’
For years, the clients of a Colorado funeral home kept their loved ones’ cremated remains. Then the FBI called.
What it’s like to navigate life below the poverty line
What it’s like to navigate life below the poverty line
A new book humanizes the work America’s poor must go through to try and stay afloat.
Interior Department’s coal reboot ignores tribes and curtails public input
Interior Department’s coal reboot ignores tribes and curtails public input
The Obama administration wanted to rethink coal leasing; now, Trump is rushing forward.
Montana’s vigilante obsession obscures the truth
Montana’s vigilante obsession obscures the truth
It’s time to face the facts about the hangmen who helped ‘settle’ Montana.
A runner reimagines his place in a sprawling city
A runner reimagines his place in a sprawling city
And creates new connections from the details.
The transformation of a centuries-old refuge in New Mexico
The transformation of a centuries-old refuge in New Mexico
With 300,000 visitors every year, how can Chimayó’s history be preserved?
Tantoo Cardinal shines in the new film ‘Falls Around Her’
Tantoo Cardinal shines in the new film ‘Falls Around Her’
Darlene Naponse and Tantoo Cardinal team up to create a fascinating study of a First Nations musician who leaves her career behind.
Watchdogs hit a wall in accessing once-available immigration data
Watchdogs hit a wall in accessing once-available immigration data
A Q&A on how the Justice Department is limiting access to crucial information on migrants.
Portraits of resilience
Portraits of resilience
Through tintypes, Kaska Dena photographer Kali Spitzer creates collaborative images of her community.
Native American athletes and fans face ongoing racism
Native American athletes and fans face ongoing racism
The U.S. has seen a rise in hate crimes, but data shows that bigotry is a constant in Indian Country.
An Indigenous Mexican community finds a home in rural Colorado
An Indigenous Mexican community finds a home in rural Colorado
Culture, traditions and people are moving across borders, powering two economies.
Bigotry, ignorance and high school basketball in Montana
Bigotry, ignorance and high school basketball in Montana
Oppression of tribal nations denies our shared potential to harness the power of sport.
Three decades after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Alaska’s coast faces an even bigger threat
Three decades after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Alaska’s coast faces an even bigger threat
Climate change is damaging ecosystems that never had the chance to recover.
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