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October 14, 2019

In this issue we examine how Indian boarding schools were at the center of a policy to hold Indigenous children hostage to open the West for settlement. We look at how the collection of data can be fatal for wildlife and travel to California where keeping Indigenous food culture alive risks jail time. Using audio leaked to HCN, we listen to BLM staff confront leadership over their pending headquarters move. In New Mexico, a fading mining town looks to revive itself with Airbnb. We ask what it will take to save Columbia and Snake River salmon and check in on the rebuilding of a 100-year-old boat that became a YouTube star.

Feature

The U.S. stole generations of Indigenous children to open the West
The U.S. stole generations of Indigenous children to open the West
Indian boarding schools held Native American youth hostage in exchange for land cessions.

Editor's Note

Reexamine history in the service of justice
Reexamine history in the service of justice
Understanding our shared histories can help us think critically about accountability in the West.

Current

For sage grouse, science can be fatal
For sage grouse, science can be fatal
Is the value of data worth the death of individual animals?
How BLM employees really feel about moving West
How BLM employees really feel about moving West
Leaked audio from a recent agency meeting is filled with fumbles by leadership, disapproving rumbles and derisive laughter from staff.
Courts can’t keep Columbia and Snake River salmon from the edge of extinction
Courts can’t keep Columbia and Snake River salmon from the edge of extinction
After decades of court cases have rebuffed federal management, it may take a political fix to restore salmon in the Columbia Basin.
The prospect of more Airbnbs tempts a struggling New Mexico town
The prospect of more Airbnbs tempts a struggling New Mexico town
Vacation rentals have gutted the culture of nearby communities, but a new project in Questa flips the narrative.
An Indigenous way of life for these California tribes breaks state laws
An Indigenous way of life for these California tribes breaks state laws
In Mendocino County, ‘guerrilla gatherers’ risk fines and jail time to keep food culture alive.
The West moves ever closer to a unified power grid
The West moves ever closer to a unified power grid
A unified grid would allow for easier sharing of wind and solar power.

Essays

Amid the climate crisis, a parent commits an act of hope
Amid the climate crisis, a parent commits an act of hope
Sometimes you need to take a weekend off from worrying about climate change and just go camping with your kid.
One man’s mission to save a historic ship built a digital community
One man’s mission to save a historic ship built a digital community
If you (re)build it, they will come.

Arts and Culture

What shows up when the sun goes down?
What shows up when the sun goes down?
See the winners of our annual photo contest, plus other favorites.

Heard Around the West

Packing heat; a ministeroni; wipes frenzy
Packing heat; a ministeroni; wipes frenzy
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

The time is right for new leadership at HCN
The time is right for new leadership at HCN
As the organization enters its 50th year, we prepare for the future.

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