Items by Tay Wiles

Oil expected in Dakota Access Pipeline this week
Oil expected in Dakota Access Pipeline this week
What ongoing legal battles tell us about protections for religious freedoms and government consultation with tribes.
What will a Zinke-led Interior Department look like?
What will a Zinke-led Interior Department look like?
His priorities so far: energy, sportsmen access, park repairs & restoring public trust.
The many questions of Gold Butte
The many questions of Gold Butte
Familiar questions around roads, heritage and water rights resurface as Nevadans make sense of their new monument.
Lessons from the first week of the Bundy standoff trial
Lessons from the first week of the Bundy standoff trial
Checking in on jury selection and opening statements.
Outdoor rec industry defends public lands
Outdoor rec industry defends public lands
Utah’s delegation tries to roll back protections, riling a conservation-minded outdoors cohort.
What to read to prepare for the Bundys’ Nevada trial
What to read to prepare for the Bundys’ Nevada trial
The first of a trio of trials related to the 2014 standoff has started.
What Standing Rock meant for those who took part
What Standing Rock meant for those who took part
Protesters from afar didn’t just take a stand in North Dakota — they brought the movement back home.
The ‘chickenization’ of beef
The ‘chickenization’ of beef
Obama’s efforts to help small-scale ranchers competing against Big Ag were blocked and ultimately fell short.
Pipeline protesters seek refuge from the cold
Pipeline protesters seek refuge from the cold
A dispatch from Prairie Knights Casino, now an outpost of the Standing Rock protests.
Army Corps denies crucial DAPL easement
Army Corps denies crucial DAPL easement
Protesters react to the decision to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
Feds to send conciliators amid tensions over Dakota Access
Feds to send conciliators amid tensions over Dakota Access
In Bismarck, officials describe a chaotic mix of law enforcement and protesters.
How Ammon Bundy got acquitted in Oregon
How Ammon Bundy got acquitted in Oregon
At the Malheur trial, Bundys were acquitted, but what will happen in Nevada?
Where will the West’s next national monument be?
Where will the West’s next national monument be?
Bears Ears isn’t the only local effort to get Obama to designate protections before he leaves office.
Jury finds occupiers of Oregon wildlife refuge not guilty
Jury finds occupiers of Oregon wildlife refuge not guilty
The ruling could galvanize more anti-federal actions on public lands.
At least 15 counties have left the American Lands Council
At least 15 counties have left the American Lands Council
But that doesn’t mean Western counties have backed down on land transfers.
Trump met with a leader of the land transfer movement
Trump met with a leader of the land transfer movement
A Nevada county commissioner says the Republican nominee was receptive to the idea of forcing the feds to turn over public lands.
Malheur occupation impacts linger throughout the West
Malheur occupation impacts linger throughout the West
Sagebrush Rebellion flareups cooled off after Bundy arrests but the standoff’s effects ripple out.
Meet Denise Juneau, who hopes to be the first Native American woman in Congress
Meet Denise Juneau, who hopes to be the first Native American woman in Congress
Indian Country votes will help determine whether this seat flips to blue.
Photos of the North Dakota pipeline protest
Photos of the North Dakota pipeline protest
Background on the Standing Rock Sioux pipeline protests and how social media and climate activism raised their profile.
Wildfire rips through California’s windy Cajon Pass
Wildfire rips through California’s windy Cajon Pass
Under potentially ‘new normal’ fire conditions, 80,000 people have been evacuated.
Land transfer battles rage on, county by county
Land transfer battles rage on, county by county
The American Lands Council supports local control but keeps its list of member counties secret.
Right-wing militant charged for planting a bomb at BLM building
Right-wing militant charged for planting a bomb at BLM building
A federal felony complaint reveals that the feds are continuing to investigate extremism on public lands.
Arizona Rep. Grijalva targets extremism on public lands
Arizona Rep. Grijalva targets extremism on public lands
Dozens of high-profile former federal employees sign a letter urging Congress to address Sagebrush Insurgency threats.
Federal-lands ranching: A half-century of decline
Federal-lands ranching: A half-century of decline
How grazing fell from its Western pedestal — and fueled Sagebrush Rebellion.
In southern Utah, a ranger is jailed under questionable circumstances
In southern Utah, a ranger is jailed under questionable circumstances
The region has a history of sheriffs butting heads with federal land agencies.
Interactive timeline: Livestock grazing in the West
Interactive timeline: Livestock grazing in the West
Whether grazing on public land is a ‘right’ or a ‘privilege’ is one of the region’s most contentious issues. Here’s why.
Sugar Pine Mine, the other standoff
Sugar Pine Mine, the other standoff
How a small-time mining dispute in Oregon readied a network of militias for the Malheur occupation.
Authorities closing in on Oregon’s Malheur occupation
Authorities closing in on Oregon’s Malheur occupation
FBI calls for removal of occupiers following eight arrests and the death of one man late Tuesday.
Who’s who inside and on the outskirts of the Malheur occupation
Who’s who inside and on the outskirts of the Malheur occupation
Here are the most vocal occupiers, along with a core group of militia members staying in Burns.
Malheur occupation, explained
Malheur occupation, explained
The deep history behind the Bundy brothers’ takeover of a wildlife refuge in Oregon.
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