Perspectives on the West

How ‘pretendians’ undermine the rights of Indigenous people
How ‘pretendians’ undermine the rights of Indigenous people
We must guard against harmful public discourse about Native identity as much as we guard against harmful policy.
Bigotry, ignorance and high school basketball in Montana
Bigotry, ignorance and high school basketball in Montana
Oppression of tribal nations denies our shared potential to harness the power of sport.
New Mexico’s ‘mini’ Green New Deal, dissected
New Mexico’s ‘mini’ Green New Deal, dissected
The Energy Transition Act could be a model for ambitious policies of the future.
Three decades after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Alaska’s coast faces an even bigger threat
Three decades after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Alaska’s coast faces an even bigger threat
Climate change is damaging ecosystems that never had the chance to recover.
Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday finally gets the film he deserves
Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday finally gets the film he deserves
Jeffrey Palmer gives us a glimpse of the Indigenous literary giant in ‘Words from a Bear.’
White fragility and the fight over Marin County’s Dixie School District
White fragility and the fight over Marin County’s Dixie School District
North of San Francisco, a well-heeled community has its privilege tested.
The science behind Colorado’s historic avalanches
The science behind Colorado’s historic avalanches
Are such unprecedented slides due to climate change, abnormal weather, or both?
Can stories help us understand the realities of migration?
Can stories help us understand the realities of migration?
In her new novel, Valeria Luiselli explores the possibilities and limits of writing about the border crisis.
We shouldn’t celebrate the killing of a mountain lion
We shouldn’t celebrate the killing of a mountain lion
The recent encounter between a runner and a 40-pound cougar perpetuates unwarranted fear.
In Santa Fe, children learn the ABCs of inequity
In Santa Fe, children learn the ABCs of inequity
Where students reside and where schools thrive highlights an opportunity gap in New Mexico’s capital.
Gay rodeo and the subversion of Western clichés
Gay rodeo and the subversion of Western clichés
A photo exhibit asks viewers to ponder whether, in reclaiming the idea of the cowboy, gay rodeos renounce violence or reinvest in it.
Police-state tactics at the U.S.-Mexico border
Police-state tactics at the U.S.-Mexico border
The real crisis at the border is of Trump’s own making.
It’s time to revisit an old way to resolve public land fights
It’s time to revisit an old way to resolve public land fights
Commissions offer a way to navigate thorny policy questions and find consensus.
Push for renewables vexes Western power supplier
Push for renewables vexes Western power supplier
Tri-State’s future looks less than bright unless it can keep up with the times.
Five lessons from the government shutdown about national parks
Five lessons from the government shutdown about national parks
Our national parks still matter, even if they got trashed.
When conservation provides a cover for anti-Indigenous sentiments
When conservation provides a cover for anti-Indigenous sentiments
A nation of laws cannot exist on stolen land.
Environmental victories don’t guarantee economic justice
Environmental victories don’t guarantee economic justice
Without a just transition, the Navajo Generating Station closure will have harmful consequences.
On-the-ground pollution data spurred stricter zoning in Los Angeles
On-the-ground pollution data spurred stricter zoning in Los Angeles
Locals’ efforts prompted buffers for auto shops and air filter rules for new buildings.
The undoing of a nation
The undoing of a nation
Tribal disenrollment, like Trump’s efforts to denaturalize American citizens, is just another way to make the country whiter.
Zinke leaves unfinished business at the Interior Department
Zinke leaves unfinished business at the Interior Department
The questionable legality of the Trump administration’s aggressive deregulatory and development-friendly policies could end up being its undoing.
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