Perspectives on the West

Is a big win for conservation a blow to climate action?
Is a big win for conservation a blow to climate action?
As extinction and climate crises loom, the Great American Outdoors Act and recreation industry continue to rely on oil money.
Canada’s Oka Crisis marked a change in how police use force
Canada’s Oka Crisis marked a change in how police use force
Decades later, the standoff between Mohawk activists and police shows a stark comparison in militarization.
Tribal courts should abolish cash bail
Tribal courts should abolish cash bail
A European justice model was forced onto tribes and should be done away with.
Cherokee Nation adopted racism from Europeans. It’s time to reject it.
Cherokee Nation adopted racism from Europeans. It’s time to reject it.
As our tribe debates Cherokee history and identity, Cherokee citizens with white privilege carry the most responsibility to move our tribe forward.
How the ‘only family’ argument is used against Indigenous families
How the ‘only family’ argument is used against Indigenous families
The phrasing was once deployed to keep Native families together under the Indian Child Welfare Act. Now, the narrative has been reversed.
Trump’s monumental hypocrisy
Trump’s monumental hypocrisy
Despite decrying destruction of Confederate monuments, the president has dismantled millions of acres of national monuments.
Western police are geared up for war
Western police are geared up for war
But who’s the enemy?
The West has a role in reimagining the U.S.
The West has a role in reimagining the U.S.
Our notion of ‘American exceptionalism’ has collapsed. What will replace it?
In southwestern Colorado, immigrants face a dual crisis
In southwestern Colorado, immigrants face a dual crisis
A global pandemic, and no social safety net leave immigrant and mixed-status families fending for themselves.
The Forest Service should embrace a full-time workforce
The Forest Service should embrace a full-time workforce
Permanently investing in firefighters would improve the health of employees and the landscapes we protect.
Democrats also gain from the border wall
Democrats also gain from the border wall
The militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border was always a bipartisan effort, with symbolism that’s useful to both parties.
Bureau of Land Management leaders have lost their way
Bureau of Land Management leaders have lost their way
A former state director argues narrow interests have dominated the agency’s direction.
How to protect nature during uncertain times
How to protect nature during uncertain times
Opportunity, not opportunism.
We can save the Colorado River
We can save the Colorado River
It’s time to create an Irrigation Reserve Program.
Land-grant universities should acknowledge their debt to Indigenous people
Land-grant universities should acknowledge their debt to Indigenous people
Many of the nation’s universities were created with stolen wealth.
Pandemic as prologue
Pandemic as prologue
A failure of imagination has stymied our outbreak response, but that’s just the beginning.
Coronavirus takes a heavy economic toll on rural hospitals
Coronavirus takes a heavy economic toll on rural hospitals
A sudden drop in revenue shows how thin margins threaten small town hospitals.
On this Earth Day, let’s think about agriculture
On this Earth Day, let’s think about agriculture
Farmers and ranchers hold the key to carbon storage.
Are wildland firefighters at a greater risk from COVID-19?
Are wildland firefighters at a greater risk from COVID-19?
New research suggests that the smoke firefighters breathe makes the disease more threatening.
Park closures have unequal costs
Park closures have unequal costs
As we limit outdoor access, consider the impact on underrepresented communities.
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