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The fight over a  5,000-year-old burial site in California
The fight over a 5,000-year-old burial site in California
How a state law to expedite affordable housing erased a tribe’s right to consultation.
Climate change is the ultimate neo-noir subject
Climate change is the ultimate neo-noir subject
The novel ‘Something New Under the Sun’ treats a smoke-filled Los Angeles as its own genre.
Illegal marijuana grows are stealing from California’s scarce water
Illegal marijuana grows are stealing from California’s scarce water
As drought grips the Golden State, water thefts have increased to record levels. The most common offender: illegal pot farms.
The orchardist rescuing fruit trees in New Mexico
The orchardist rescuing fruit trees in New Mexico
Once-diverse apple varieties are declining. Gordon Tooley wants to save them before they are gone.
The new Indigenous TV series coming your way
The new Indigenous TV series coming your way
‘Reservation Dogs’ is the latest product of an exciting new era of Native self-representation.
The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe calls on Seattle to remove the Gorge Dam
The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe calls on Seattle to remove the Gorge Dam
The tribe is pushing to protect their way of life.
Supreme Court ruling fails to protect Indigenous voters
Supreme Court ruling fails to protect Indigenous voters
In Brnovich v. DNC, the court has made it harder for people of color — especially Indigenous populations — to vote.
Can Puget Sound’s orca and salmon survive Seattle’s dams?
Can Puget Sound’s orca and salmon survive Seattle’s dams?
Federal regulators are reassessing the ecological impacts of the Skagit River dams.
Trans-Alaska pipeline under threat from thawing permafrost
Trans-Alaska pipeline under threat from thawing permafrost
Structural integrity of the pipeline and potential oil spills are at risk.
The once-perennial Gila River ebbs to an uncertain future
The once-perennial Gila River ebbs to an uncertain future
‘We are in uncharted territory.’
Interior looks into the legacy of Native boarding schools
Interior looks into the legacy of Native boarding schools
The Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative aims to shed light on the grim history of residential Indian boarding schools in the U.S.
Why the poaching of one gray wolf in Washington matters
Why the poaching of one gray wolf in Washington matters
Losing one of the state-endangered species can mean the pack not only loses pups, but dissolves entirely.
Could casitas help prevent displacement in the West’s cities?
Could casitas help prevent displacement in the West’s cities?
As the housing crisis worsens, advocates sound off on how to bring homes to the people.
California budgets $61.5 million for wildlife crossings
California budgets $61.5 million for wildlife crossings
The state looks to protect both wildlife and drivers, as large animals cause 20 crashes a day on state highways.
A quest for Alaska oil sparks a fight over tribal sovereignty
A quest for Alaska oil sparks a fight over tribal sovereignty
An energy company with a history of environmental violations is conducting exploratory drilling in the Yukon Flats.
The return of the endangered Mexican wolf
The return of the endangered Mexican wolf
A program that places captive-born pups into wild dens is helping North America’s rarest wolf subspecies reclaim its native territory in the Southwest.
A Q&A with Nick Martin, HCN’s new editor on the Indigenous Affairs Desk
A Q&A with Nick Martin, HCN’s new editor on the Indigenous Affairs Desk
A member of the Sappony Tribe, Martin joins High Country News from The New Republic, where he previously covered Indian Country.
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