Politics

Latest: EPA puts brakes on Pebble Mine proposal
Latest: EPA puts brakes on Pebble Mine proposal
Agency says risks to fisheries and natural resources justify gathering more data.
Interior opens more Western waters to offshore drilling
Interior opens more Western waters to offshore drilling
Officials from both parties ask Secretary Ryan Zinke to reconsider.
Policies affect people, we affect policies
Policies affect people, we affect policies
President Donald Trump’s reversals of decades of immigration policy bring families to the brink of exile.
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.
A monumental blow to tribes
A monumental blow to tribes
Trump’s decision to shrink Bears Ears reopens wounds that Obama sought to heal.
What national monument protections do
What national monument protections do
Some say the Bears Ears shrinkage won’t change anything — they’re wrong.
Utah national monuments face dramatic reductions
Utah national monuments face dramatic reductions
Cutbacks to Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears spark protests and lawsuits.
How to make sense of Trump’s changes to Bears Ears
How to make sense of Trump’s changes to Bears Ears
The drastically reduced boundaries don’t line up with what the public wants.
The myths of Pocahontas, dispelled
The myths of Pocahontas, dispelled
As Native voices gain prominence, the president undermines representation.
West Obsessed: How to cover tribal affairs
West Obsessed: How to cover tribal affairs
Editor Graham Brewer discusses how best to write about Indian Country.
Comment period ending for sage grouse review
Comment period ending for sage grouse review
An Interior Department overhaul of collaborative protection plans could sacrifice birds for development.
We need a commission to take action on wildfire in the West
We need a commission to take action on wildfire in the West
Two Forest Service veterans say we fail to manage our fire-dependent forests.
A new national monument – in Zinke’s home state
A new national monument – in Zinke’s home state
Interior threatens to shrink boundaries at Western sites, but Badger-Two Medicine might get designated.
The West grapples with history through its place names
The West grapples with history through its place names
A growing number of places have been renamed to honor their first inhabitants.
A tale of two parks: How the Bakken boom transformed a landscape
A tale of two parks: How the Bakken boom transformed a landscape
While a North Dakota national park is an oasis from drilling, a nearby state park is thrown open.
Interior Department mired in investigations
Interior Department mired in investigations
Democrats vow to press the investigations while Zinke shrugs them off.
Threatened plants on state lands have few protections
Threatened plants on state lands have few protections
Politics, land ownership and imperiled plants collide in New Mexico.
Advice from Moab’s mayor: Be careful what you wish for
Advice from Moab’s mayor: Be careful what you wish for
As his final term ends, Dave Sakrison weighs the cost of decades of transformation.
California, state of hate
California, state of hate
A rise in hate crimes through the eyes of a former white nationalist.
How Ryan Bundy sees the West
How Ryan Bundy sees the West
The Bunkerville standoff case portends a trial over federal authority in the region.
Hunters, it’s long past time we stood up for gun control
Hunters, it’s long past time we stood up for gun control
Hunting isn’t under attack, but our freedom from violence is.
How much do salmon still shape the Northwest?
How much do salmon still shape the Northwest?
A new book seeks answers about the future of the iconic fish.
In line at the Great Wall
In line at the Great Wall
A short story imagines a future where anti-immigrant sentiment is enshrined in a border wall.