Items by Jonathan Thompson
As Native Americans use religion to save their sacred places, they need to remember that conflicts framed around faith often have unhappy endings.
Languages like Arapaho are dying all over the world, but is it possible, or even necessary, to try to save them all?
Recent scandals at the Interior Department – this time involving environmentalists – pale in magnitude (and luridness) compared to the agency's dalliances with industry.
The Hopi and Navajo governments have played the tired old card of locals vs. environmentalists. They got it wrong.
Immigrants from around the world are changing traditionally white Western communities such as Boise, Idaho.
In a controversial resolution, Hopi and Navajo politicians have told environmentalists – including grassroots Indian groups – that they are not welcome on the Rez.
With climate change threatening water supplies, and the economy slowing growth in the West's thirstiest cities, it's time for a paradigm shift.
Some consider it a harmless rite of autumn, but home canning has all the hallmarks of a dangerous religious cult.
Horse massacres, duck-killing, cow tongues and hog-tying--all part of the next American Revolution...?
Western Colorado is seeing an unexpected agricultural revival, thanks in part to affluent outsiders creating a market for local food and wine.
Fisheries management is important to more than seafood lovers; it's a matter of life and death to Pacific Coast communities.
Are wind-turbine-fighting environmentalists re-enacting Don Quixote's crusade against windmills -- while ignoring the real monster of climate change?