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The Ute Paradox

July 19, 2010

The Southern Utes overcame poverty and oppression to become a wealthy and powerful tribe with nationwide energy holdings.

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The Ute Paradox
The Ute Paradox
The Southern Utes overcame poverty and oppression to become a wealthy and powerful tribe with nationwide energy holdings.

Sidebar

The Southern Utes' empire
Maps reveal the amount of land the tribe lost over the years -- and show how huge its current business empire had become.
Some of the key players
Leonard Burch, Sam Maynes, Bob Zahradnik and John Jurrius have all helped the Southern Utes build their energy empire.

Editor's Note

The HCN mix
The HCN mix
High Country News will continue to cover important Western issues, and yet make room for lighter pieces about the region's culture and communities.

Current

The fight for the Flathead
The fight for the Flathead
During the Western Governors' Association meeting in Whitefish, Mont., journalists and dignitaries flew over the threatened landscape around Glacier National Park.
Border creep
Border creep
The BLM has put up signs warning tourists to avoid the area south of Interstate 8, where drug smugglers roam.
Buy buy ballot
Buy buy ballot
Although most Nevadans seemed in favor of a hardrock mining tax increase, an initiative that proposed to do just that never made it to the ballot.
Case in point
Case in point
Archaeologist Bonnie Pitblado uses a program modeled on Antiques Roadshow to introduce scientists to the artifacts collected by Westerners.
How to return a pot
How to return a pot
The BLM offers advice for those who decide to return pilfered artifacts.
Dust takes a toll
Dust takes a toll
The increasing clouds of dust in the West are affecting the region’s health, snow cover, rainfall and even climate.

Uncommon Westerners

Seeing the triceratops for the trees
Seeing the triceratops for the trees
Paleontologist Kirk Johnson works with artist Jan Vriesen to create vividly realized landscapes of what Colorado looked like millions of years ago.

Essays

Turning back the tide
Turning back the tide
A volunteer naturalist describes the unique beauty -- and fragility -- of California's Elkhorn Slough Reserve.

Book Reviews

Peril in paradise
Peril in paradise
In The Light in High Places, naturalist Joe Hutto considers Wyoming wilderness, bighorn sheep, cowboys and other rare Western species.
An example and an antidote
In Imagination in Place, his new collection of essays, writer/farmer/poet Wendell Berry shares some of his honest wisdom and sharp-eyed observations.

Dear Friends

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