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‘What choice do we have?’
‘What choice do we have?’
As the Arctic warms, the Inupiat adapt.
The only catfish native to the Western U.S. is running out of water
The only catfish native to the Western U.S. is running out of water
The Yaqui catfish was going extinct. Then came the border wall.
Wildland firefighters are risking their mental health
Wildland firefighters are risking their mental health
As climate change lengthens fire seasons, will the government do enough to protect them?
Catching a band of wildlife killers
Catching a band of wildlife killers
How a bounty of digital evidence led to the downfall of one of the nation’s deadliest poaching crews.
The Gadsden flag is a symbol. But whose?
The Gadsden flag is a symbol. But whose?
How a Revolutionary War-era flag evolved into an anti-government symbol.
A captive orca and a chance for our redemption
A captive orca and a chance for our redemption
Tokitae has spent nearly 50 years in captivity. It’s time she returned home.
Land-grab universities
Land-grab universities
Expropriated Indigenous land is the foundation of the land-grant university system.
Safe at home in Los Angeles
Safe at home in Los Angeles
Even under restrictions, the city shines for all to see.
The Park Service is selling out to telecom giants
The Park Service is selling out to telecom giants
With Trump’s blessing, cell towers are infiltrating protected public lands across the West.
The mystery of mountain lions
The mystery of mountain lions
Despite decades of research, myth and fear still surround the animals.
Colorado throws wolves to the vote
Colorado throws wolves to the vote
Should democracy take over where science ends?
Oklahoma’s tribes unite against a common foe: Their Cherokee governor
Oklahoma’s tribes unite against a common foe: Their Cherokee governor
Gov. Kevin Stitt’s demands for more money from Indian casinos have sparked a bitter feud with economically powerful tribes — including his own.
One woman took a stand against tribal disenrollment and paid for it
One woman took a stand against tribal disenrollment and paid for it
How a burglary, social media and politics led to a Nooksack Tribal Councilwoman being bullied out of office.
Do wilderness therapy programs really work?
Do wilderness therapy programs really work?
The expensive treatments for troubled teens have been around for years — but researchers still aren’t sure whether wilderness makes a difference.
Why the University of California is fighting for DACA
Why the University of California is fighting for DACA
From a campus legal clinic all the way to the Supreme Court, UC stands up for Dreamers.
When wildlife safety turns into fierce political debate
When wildlife safety turns into fierce political debate
In Island Park, Idaho, a fight over roadkill became a referendum on government control.
Party favors: Should parties pick candidates before voters do?
Party favors: Should parties pick candidates before voters do?
The 2018 battle over New Mexico’s most conservative district shows just how undemocratic politics can be.
This Cherokee congressman is for Trump – and Indian Country
This Cherokee congressman is for Trump – and Indian Country
Markwayne Mullin, who is hard-right and white-passing, may not seem like an Indigenous lawmaker, but he’s no anomaly.
To find Jose Montelongo, ICE agents targeted his whole family
To find Jose Montelongo, ICE agents targeted his whole family
One family’s ordeal under Trump’s zero tolerance immigration tactics.
Beads are easier to connect than family
Beads are easier to connect than family
In Beth Piatote’s first short-story collection, a niece learns beading and other lessons.
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