Politics

What Trump’s Supreme Court pick holds for Indian Country
What Trump’s Supreme Court pick holds for Indian Country
Neil Gorsuch’s background in Indian law and Western issues could be useful to tribal litigants.
Proper fire funding continues to elude Congress
Proper fire funding continues to elude Congress
Nearly everyone agrees it’s important. So what’s the hold-up?
Indian Country News: A monumental blow to tribes
Indian Country News: A monumental blow to tribes
Trump’s decision to shrink Bears Ears reopens wounds that Obama sought to heal.
Zinke’s new sage grouse plans ignore years of work
Zinke’s new sage grouse plans ignore years of work
The changes adhere with Trump’s goals of energy dominance on public lands.
What a new report on climate science portends for the West
What a new report on climate science portends for the West
From wildfires to drought, a look at a warming world.
A ‘war on the Republican establishment’ comes West
A ‘war on the Republican establishment’ comes West
Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon aims to unseat incumbents in the 2018 midterms.
Scandals pile up for Interior secretary
Scandals pile up for Interior secretary
Ryan Zinke faces a range of accusations, and some investigations are underway.
Dear progressives, don’t give up on the small-town West
Dear progressives, don’t give up on the small-town West
Political advice from a Democrat who ran and lost his own campaign for mayor.
The changing politics of woods work
The changing politics of woods work
Cash-strapped agencies use private contractors to the detriment of local communities.
Pledge allegiance to the Earth, not a flag
Pledge allegiance to the Earth, not a flag
Raise up the vulnerable voices of the elderly, impoverished and the wild earth, too.
Handbook to ranching; pizza-loving bears; high hopes for medical marijuana
Handbook to ranching; pizza-loving bears; high hopes for medical marijuana
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Defense wants ‘domestic terrorism’ out of Bundy case
Defense wants ‘domestic terrorism’ out of Bundy case
Public debate over gun rights and extremism hangs over trial.
Interior sends mixed signals on California water project
Interior sends mixed signals on California water project
Without agency approval, the Delta tunnels deal can’t proceed — but conflicting statements make next steps uncertain.
Can Utah’s centrists provide refuge for the disillusioned?
Can Utah’s centrists provide refuge for the disillusioned?
A new party called United Utah says that it is ‘Practical Not Partisan.’
In New Mexico, demographic shifts have helped job growth
In New Mexico, demographic shifts have helped job growth
An influx of immigrants is preventing economic stagnation in the borderlands.
Six bills that weaken species protections move in Congress
Six bills that weaken species protections move in Congress
Lawmakers shift the focus to politics, not science, as a deciding factor of designation.
Senate opens a path to drill the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Senate opens a path to drill the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
However, several more steps would have to happen for drilling to be authorized.
Canadian First Nations call for eviction of fish farms
Canadian First Nations call for eviction of fish farms
British Columbia protests are rooted in a deeper conversation on Indigenous rights.
West Obsessed: The Bundy trial looms in Las Vegas
West Obsessed: The Bundy trial looms in Las Vegas
Editor Tay Wiles unpacks how the legal dispute embodies this political moment.
San Francisco sues Big Oil for climate adaptation
San Francisco sues Big Oil for climate adaptation
Sea level rise could lead to catastrophic flooding, and the city blames Exxon and BP.
Latest: More pushback against coal export terminals
Latest: More pushback against coal export terminals
Proposed terminal in Longview, Washington, denied key water permit.
In Congress, an effort to curtail national monuments
In Congress, an effort to curtail national monuments
Any monument larger than a square mile would require additional review.
In the West, fishing is more regulated than buying a gun
In the West, fishing is more regulated than buying a gun
We stop large-caliper hooks but do nothing about large-caliber weapons.