Communities

Katie Lee, champion of the Glen Canyon, remembered
Katie Lee, champion of the Glen Canyon, remembered
Craig Childs recalls the fearless conservationist who loved an undammed river.
Latest: Grand Canyon ‘mega-development’ voted down
Latest: Grand Canyon ‘mega-development’ voted down
Navajo council rejects plans for Escalade’s tram, shops, restaurants.
The Kumeyaay poet who’s disrupting nature poetry
The Kumeyaay poet who’s disrupting nature poetry
Tommy Pico merges natural and personal history of the arid West from Brooklyn, New York.
Coal. Guns. Freedom?
Coal. Guns. Freedom?
How the Trump administration has seized mythologies around coal.
Racism against Native Americans persists
Racism against Native Americans persists
A Rosebud Sioux woman reflects on the ways prejudice pervades Rapid City.
Border and immigration agents have too much power
Border and immigration agents have too much power
In July, ICE sent German foreign exchange students back home.
The Seri adapt to climate change in the desert
The Seri adapt to climate change in the desert
Researchers are working to document traditional ecological knowledge.
Religious communities are taking on climate change
Religious communities are taking on climate change
Churches that have long played a role in social justice are stepping up.
Can coal remain the bedrock of Wyoming’s economy?
Can coal remain the bedrock of Wyoming’s economy?
As companies experiment with “clean coal,” cheaper and cleaner fuels are taking over.
Farming in Alaska is increasingly possible
Farming in Alaska is increasingly possible
Longer growing seasons and food scarcity are turning more people to agriculture.
As oceans acidify, shellfish farmers respond
As oceans acidify, shellfish farmers respond
Scientists collaborate to mitigate climate impacts in the Northwest.
Tribes commit to uphold Paris climate agreement
Tribes commit to uphold Paris climate agreement
Western nations take action on climate change — and push for self-governance.
Why do white writers keep making films about Indian Country?
Why do white writers keep making films about Indian Country?
Try as they might, two new films can’t escape old tropes.
U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River
U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River
The two nations are poised to sign an updated water pact to deal with drought.
‘Medicare for all’ would finally fulfill tribes’ treaty rights
‘Medicare for all’ would finally fulfill tribes’ treaty rights
The proposed plan is unlikely to pass, but would bolster the Indian health system.
Why are federal flood maps so flawed?
Why are federal flood maps so flawed?
The maps are expensive to maintain and shaped by local politics.
A human-caused wildfire burns Oregon’s Columbia Gorge
A human-caused wildfire burns Oregon’s Columbia Gorge
In the Pacific Northwest, data shows people burn the places they love.
What theme parks get wrong about the American West
What theme parks get wrong about the American West
Romanticized histories promote rugged individualism, devoid of government help.
After five years of DACA, what will young immigrants do?
After five years of DACA, what will young immigrants do?
Reflecting on the life of José, a young undocumented immigrant.
How we risked losing the West
How we risked losing the West
A look back at how range science misled land managers.
Will Utah dam the Bear River?
Will Utah dam the Bear River?
The Wasatch Front faces drier times and a growing population, threatening the Great Salt Lake.
After its dams came down, a river is reborn
After its dams came down, a river is reborn
A look at the Elwha unleashed.
Uranium pervades homes on and near Navajo Nation
Uranium pervades homes on and near Navajo Nation
EPA budget cuts threaten to slow a long-overdue cleanup.