Items by Paul VanDevelder

Supreme Court to states: Live up to your treaty obligations
Supreme Court to states: Live up to your treaty obligations
Will future courts order states to take down fish-blocking dams?
You’re made of the same stuff sloshing around in tidepools
You’re made of the same stuff sloshing around in tidepools
When the tides pull back the water line, a writer takes a trip through time.
In the decision on Standing Rock, ghosts from the past
In the decision on Standing Rock, ghosts from the past
The federal government’s decision on Dakota Access pipeline could signal a shift in U.S.-tribal relations.
Back to civics class: 10 things to know about Standing Rock
Back to civics class: 10 things to know about Standing Rock
It’s high time for a crash course in federalism and representative democracy.
Reckoning at Standing Rock
Reckoning at Standing Rock
Want to understand the pipeline protests? Start with the Founding Fathers.
Salmon supporters win again in court
Salmon supporters win again in court
Washington will have to fix up culverts that block fish passage.
Aquifer recharging can help stanch drought
Aquifer recharging can help stanch drought
Oregon is successfully capturing runoff to underground storage.
Coal to China port hits a big snag
Between a rock and a dry place
Between a rock and a dry place
How the “mega-drought” facing the region got its start.
Fresh look at the wolf-grizzly relationship
Fresh look at the wolf-grizzly relationship
An essay on the Yellowstone study that shows these predators' fascinating survival dance.
Wolves still need our protection
Wolves still need our protection
How far are we willing to go and what are we willing to sacrifice to preserve the wild?
Once there was an effective governor and a middle ground
Once there was an effective governor and a middle ground
Remembering former Oregon Gov. Tom McCall, a centrist who got good things done.
The education of Dr. Jane Lubchenco
The education of Dr. Jane Lubchenco
The author reviews the career of outgoing NOAA director Jane Lubchenco and sees a glimmer of hope for salmon, thanks to a new stakeholder process.
Remembering George McGovern as the elections pass
Remembering George McGovern as the elections pass
A diverse, environmentally sound America is here.
The Black Hills await justice
The Black Hills await justice
The U.N. Human Rights Council believes that South Dakota's Black Hills belong to their native Sioux inhabitants -- but do most Americans even understand the issue?
Elouise Cobell, rest in peace
Elouise Cobell, rest in peace
Elouise Cobell, who fought to bring justice to American Indians defrauded by the federal government, will be remembered as a great Blackfeet warrior.
Justice delayed but finally delivered
Justice delayed but finally delivered
After 15 long years, Elouise Cobell's class action suit over missing Indian trust fund accounts has been settled.
Anatomy of a disaster
Anatomy of a disaster
The floods plaguing the U.S. today are largely the result of the dam-building flurry that began about 60 years ago under the Pick-Sloan Plan.
 A fish tale in the land of Oz
A fish tale in the land of Oz
If federal Judge James Redden does the right thing, the Pacific Northwest’s salmon may finally get the cold, free-flowing water they need to survive.
Oregon halts corporate affluenza
Oregon halts corporate affluenza
Oregon has it right: The more money you make, the more taxes you should pay.
This house of thieves
This house of thieves
The Indian trust suit is settled, but questions remain about the federal government's abuse of those funds.
The salmon's last best hope
The salmon's last best hope
It's time for politicians and stakeholders to get out of their alternate reality universe, and take down the dams.
2017 is just around the corner
2017 is just around the corner
Salmon could well be extinct by 2017, and yet Judge James Redden appears to be the only one contemplating the obvious solution: removing four fish-killing dams on the Lower Snake River.
What Wallace Stegner knew
What Wallace Stegner knew
Western writer Wallace Stegner unflinchingly described both the promise and the peril of the American dream.
The end of Western welfare?
Paul VanDevelder considers the consequences of “capitalism without a conscience” and predicts the end of free lunches for the West.
Scoundrels and scandals in the Interior Department
Scoundrels and scandals in the Interior Department
Why does the agency still refuse to pay the mineral royalties it owes to Indian plaintiffs?
West’s forests will never be the same
Paul VanDevelder warns that climate change could devastate the West’s forests, leaving nothing behind but parched grasslands.
Fire and the warming West
The writer says this summer's wildfires reflect the increasing impacts from drought and global climate change
Salmon find a judge who listens
The writer praises a federal judge for once again ruling for salmon
The Great White Father comes up with a new scam
The writer lambastes the Washington, D.C., operatives who perpetrated the latest scam on Indian tribes
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