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High Country News May 16, 2011

Ripple Effects


Three Tribes, a Dam and a Diabetes Epidemic

On North Dakota's Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, a diabetes epidemic has its roots in the dam that flooded the tribes' farmland and destroyed their way of life.

Doctor's Orders: Undam the Klamath

Both Indians and whites battle diabetes on the Klamath watershed, where dam building ended the salmon runs that once kept the First People alive.


Where has Montana's water gone?

The Yellowstone River Compact may not protect Montanans who rely on the Tongue River’s water.

Wild lands by any other name

For 18 years, Westerners have been arguing about BLM’s wilderness-worthy land; now, the Obama administration has stepped in.

Yellowstone bison get more room to roam

Wild bison are making headway towards roaming more freely in Montana.

The year in water

A La Niña year brings a good snowpack to some Western states and little or nothing to others.

Editor's Note

Diabetes isn't destiny

Native Americans can win the long fight against poor health, malnutrition and disease.

Dear Friends

Viva la independent press!

High Country News is nominated for two Utne Independent Press awards; Laura Paskus wins award from Society of Professional Journalists; Nathan Rice to be HCN’s next editorial fellow; correction and clarification.

Book Reviews

Are you an Indian?

In his memoir, Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life, Jim Kristofic remembers the challenges and joys of a tough childhood spent on the Navajo Nation.

The painful beauty of love

Melanie Rae Thon's short stories, gathered in her collection In This Light, paint a desolate and tender picture of the West.


Walking in the body of being

Not everybody understands why pinacate beetles are such good company, but philosopher Baruch Spinoza is likely one of them.

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