Items by Sierra Crane-Murdoch

Can a legal victory make Indian Country whole again?
Can a legal victory make Indian Country whole again?
For over a century, federal law has split Native American land holdings into tiny pieces. A settlement unites some of the splinters, but at a steep cost.
A defender of North Dakota's badlands wonders if it's time to leave
A defender of North Dakota's badlands wonders if it's time to leave
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is not immune to effects of the Bakken oil boom.
Fallon, Nevada’s deadly legacy
Fallon, Nevada’s deadly legacy
In a small town once plagued by childhood cancer, some families still search for answers.
O pioneer: A filmmaker explores how we find home in the West
O pioneer: A filmmaker explores how we find home in the West
Los Angeles transplant Vera Brunner-Sung’s first fictional work tackles displacement, transience and belonging in Montana.
The Bakken oilfields: ‘No place for a woman’
The Bakken oilfields: ‘No place for a woman’
One woman’s effort to survive the Great Recession in booming North Dakota.
Is the Violence Against Women Act a chance for tribes to reinforce their sovereignty?
Is the Violence Against Women Act a chance for tribes to reinforce their sovereignty?
A new provision lets tribes prosecute non-tribal members for violent crimes like rape for the first time.
How right-wing emigrants conquered North Idaho
How right-wing emigrants conquered North Idaho
Conservative transplants largely from California have taken over Kootenai County -- have they gone too far?
The gray area: a conversation with artist Renee Couture
The gray area: a conversation with artist Renee Couture
An Oregon artist reinterprets the region's timber wars.
Reimaginations
Reimaginations
A writer’s quest to find the people behind her great-grandfather’s New Mexico drawings.
Reviving Custer: Re-enactment and revision at the Little Bighorn
Reviving Custer: Re-enactment and revision at the Little Bighorn
A Custer impersonator confronts old and new racial tensions as he performs in a Battle of the Little Bighorn re-enactment in Montana.
End of an era?
American paternalism is on the outs in Indian Country
The Other Bakken Boom: America’s biggest oil rush brings tribal conflict
The Other Bakken Boom: America’s biggest oil rush brings tribal conflict
North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes have long wanted a stake in the state's occasional oil booms, but the size, scope and speed of the Bakken development caught them completely unprepared.
Junk rule pits rural ideals against suburban standards
Junk rule pits rural ideals against suburban standards
In New Mexico's San Juan County, a new ordinance contrasts upper class aesthetics against a rural lifestyle.
A day among junk connoisseurs
A day among junk connoisseurs
San Juan County, N.M., is a haven for junk cars -- and for the guys who fix them up.
Stream access laws on private lands in the West
Reclaiming TSCA, One Chemical at a Time
EPA reevaluates trade secret status of toxic substances
Spring-cleaning the acequia: A photo essay
Spring-cleaning the acequia: A photo essay
The annual spring cleaning of its irrigation ditch brings tiny El Cerrito, N.M., together to work and celebrate.
New Indian Energy Policy Draft Rewrites Bush-era Law
And sings the sovereignty tune.
While Non-Believers Punked the Rapture, the West was Punked
Tornadoes, fires, volcanoes, floods...and still no Doomsday.
Where has Montana’s water gone?
Where has Montana’s water gone?
The Yellowstone River Compact may not protect Montanans who rely on the Tongue River’s water.
Oil Industry Wins Subsidy Game, Again
A year after the spill, drilling could rebound, and profits too.
Water Sharing in the Over-shared West
Western Governors' Association to consider recommendations on ag to urban use
New Mexico Exhibit Redefines Landscape Photography
Curator Kate Ware does something new with an old tradition
Photographer Sharon Stewart on the acequia tradition
Photographer Sharon Stewart on the acequia tradition
The photographer discusses landscape photography and her immersion in a tiny New Mexican town.
On Navajo Nation, Power Authority slips away
Layoffs at the DPA, and pleas for federal incentives
This Week in Toxics
The latest on fracking, power companies, and Erin Brockovich
Megaload Magnetism
First round of big rigs lumber across Montana
Nuclear Disaster Reverberates in the West
Uranium stocks fall amidst reactor safety concerns.
How better science could help solve environmental justice problems
Cumulative impacts are the not-so-new "Big Thing"
 Crowdsourcing helps tackle environmental injustice in California's Imperial Valley
Crowdsourcing helps tackle environmental injustice in California's Imperial Valley
The Imperial Visions Action Network is an interactive website that involves locals in reporting - and helping solve - environmental problems.
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