Perspectives on the West

Allowing off-highway vehicles in Utah’s national parks is a mistake
Allowing off-highway vehicles in Utah’s national parks is a mistake
More mechanized traffic in already crowded parks is another Trump administration gift to industry and Utah politicians.
‘Smoke Signals’ was needed, but it doesn’t hold up
‘Smoke Signals’ was needed, but it doesn’t hold up
The seminal film, while important for finally having Native representation, relied on stereotypes.
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 Klamath River now has the legal rights of a person
The Klamath River now has the legal rights of a person
A Yurok Tribe resolution allows cases to be brought on behalf of the river as a person in tribal court.
What about the rails?
What about the rails?
A recent Amtrak journey conjures visions of functional rail transportation in the U.S.
Methane emissions advance climate change and Trump’s regulatory rollback matters
Methane emissions advance climate change and Trump’s regulatory rollback matters
Energy scholars explain what rescinding methane regulations will mean for the climate and industry.
The feds tried to make an example of a small Washington coal mine. It didn’t work.
The feds tried to make an example of a small Washington coal mine. It didn’t work.
The John Henry Mine last produced coal in 1999 and has yet to be fully reclaimed.
America’s obsession with killing Indians hasn’t died
America’s obsession with killing Indians hasn’t died
Why remaking ‘Last of the Mohicans’ isn’t just damaging, it’s lazy and unimaginative.
Border wall construction in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is a travesty
Border wall construction in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is a travesty
The barrier divides the monument and nearby wildlife refuges.
Far-right extremists appropriate Indigenous struggles for violent ends
Far-right extremists appropriate Indigenous struggles for violent ends
From Nazi Germany to Norway and El Paso, white nationalists use Indigenous imagery to justify racist violence.
Can Western states afford to break the boom-and-bust cycle?
Can Western states afford to break the boom-and-bust cycle?
Climate action on public lands would force a reckoning for fossil fuel dependent states and communities.
The legacy of colonialism on public lands created the Mauna Kea conflict
The legacy of colonialism on public lands created the Mauna Kea conflict
Public lands are often the only places where Indigenous sacred landscapes still exist.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs steps up its harassment policy
The Bureau of Indian Affairs steps up its harassment policy
Timeframes for responding to allegations and more show improvements from ‘zero tolerance’ rhetoric.
New Mexico’s economic and energy extraction quagmire
New Mexico’s economic and energy extraction quagmire
‘We’re on a death train, economically.’
Letters from Miguel: ‘I felt I had no option but to leave’
Letters from Miguel: ‘I felt I had no option but to leave’
How my correspondence with an immigrant detainee has given me hope.
How partisan politics can make ballot measures undemocratic
How partisan politics can make ballot measures undemocratic
A fight over wolf management in Alaska shows how lawmakers can undermine citizen-led initiatives.
With coal in free fall, Wyoming faces an uncertain future
With coal in free fall, Wyoming faces an uncertain future
As demand shrinks and the industry retracts, counties and the state are in an untenable situation.
The Colorado River needs a long-term plan for drought
The Colorado River needs a long-term plan for drought
Western states bought some time with a historic agreement but still face a hotter, drier future.
How to Indigenize the Green New Deal and environmental justice
How to Indigenize the Green New Deal and environmental justice
Native nations and activists must have a seat at the table.
Much of rural America is doomed to decline
Much of rural America is doomed to decline
Public policy solutions need to grapple with, not ignore, this economic reality.
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