South Dakota

Nature’s disappearing vocabulary; bobcat decoys; setting the “barr” for climate data
An inside look at the national parks
An inside look at the national parks
Hard-won photos of the National Park Service’s ‘Treasured Lands.’
Want to move to a charming rural town? Ask about the sewage disposal system
Want to move to a charming rural town? Ask about the sewage disposal system
Wastewater inundation causes a commotion in South Dakota.
How the West nurtured eco-minded agriculture
How the West nurtured eco-minded agriculture
The ranchers of the Western Plains’ shortgrass prairie started a movement to find a less destructive way to farm.
Raptors are our fierce allies. Shame on those who harm them.
Discovery: Good ol' tallgrass was formed by good ol' bacteria
Cosmic Prospecting in Lead, South Dakota
Cosmic Prospecting in Lead, South Dakota
What happens when an old mining town recruits a physics lab and pursues Big Science?
My Dakota: A photo essay and conversation
My Dakota: A photo essay and conversation
Rebecca Norris Webb’s South Dakota is both an elegy to a lost brother and a celebration of place.
Tuning out and finding local
Tuning out and finding local
A short day's drive from where you live can you put in touch with local history and help you meet new people in fascinating small towns.
Dressing for success in the mosquito-ridden West
Dressing for success in the mosquito-ridden West
Embracing a wet summer in South Dakota (and the mosquitoes that come with it).
America needs clean water – and mining law reform
Tony Dean says it is way past time to modernize the 1872 Mining Law.
Dina's Place
An 8-year-old named Dina leads the author down to her own "special place" by the Big Sioux River on the Indian reservation that is home to the troubled child
Forgotten borderland
In "They Treated Us Just Like Indians," anthropologist Paula Wagoner explores the worlds of Bennett County, S.D., where whites and Indians live together in not-always-easy proximity
The Greening of the Plains
A conservation movement is stirring on the Great Plains, but local farmers are stuck with a harsh reality: It still pays to plow up virgin prairie
The charm of a dying place
A South Dakota native ponders the lure of the Dying Plains