Perspectives on the West

Misrepresenting traditional knowledge during COVID-19 is dangerous
Misrepresenting traditional knowledge during COVID-19 is dangerous
Indigenous scholars say claims of herbal cures amounts to malpractice.
How the U.S. was caught ill-prepared for coronavirus
How the U.S. was caught ill-prepared for coronavirus
While experts say the president’s response has contributed to the crisis, the public health care system suffers from decades of underfunding.
In Washington, COVID-19 quarantine plans disrespect communities of color
In Washington, COVID-19 quarantine plans disrespect communities of color
‘In the end, among the most lasting symptoms of COVID-19 will be the layers of inequity it exposed in our society.’
MMIW families still need enforceable legislation
MMIW families still need enforceable legislation
Too often, tribal, state and federal governments mishandle cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women. This has to change.
The Elon Musk dilemma
The Elon Musk dilemma
When big thinkers think badly.
Untangling the global oil market
Untangling the global oil market
The U.S. is a net exporter of petroleum, so why isn’t it energy independent?
A fossil-fueled town fights back
A fossil-fueled town fights back
As coal continues to fade, Pueblo, Colorado, looks to renewables for a new economy.
A viral coyote-badger video demonstrates the incredible complexity of nature
A viral coyote-badger video demonstrates the incredible complexity of nature
A behavioral ecologist breaks down the importance of an adorable wildlife clip.
Western states widely support refugee resettlement
Western states widely support refugee resettlement
The president’s executive order meant to limit resettlement, but the West is opting for more.
Trump targets a bedrock environmental law
Trump targets a bedrock environmental law
Three years of rollbacks have taken a toll, without delivering real benefits.
Tom Udall: It’s past time we confront the climate and nature crises
Tom Udall: It’s past time we confront the climate and nature crises
For our survival, we can look to my father’s vision as an alternative to our current path.
Observe the BLM’s displacement
Observe the BLM’s displacement
Moving land-management HQ out of Washington illustrates the ‘deconstruction of the administrative state.’
Carbon offsets work. But are they an excuse for big companies?
Carbon offsets work. But are they an excuse for big companies?
Some critics worry the programs provide cover for climate-harming practices.
Skiing and snowmobiling are as natural as the weather
Skiing and snowmobiling are as natural as the weather
With human impacts felt everywhere, we need a new environmental ethic.
What threatens the black-footed ferret?
What threatens the black-footed ferret?
Biologists are trying to understand why the species continues to disappear in the West.
Why are Diné LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit people being denied access to ceremony?
Why are Diné LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit people being denied access to ceremony?
We should not be discriminated against when our gender roles don’t match our sex.
What the cowboy hat says about ‘Americanism’
What the cowboy hat says about ‘Americanism’
A problematic symbol of the West gets a reboot.
Not all Indigenous cinema needs to be serious
Not all Indigenous cinema needs to be serious
‘The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw’ is an entertaining tale about a millennial Indigenous woman returning home.
NEPA transformed federal land management — and has fallen short
NEPA transformed federal land management — and has fallen short
A look back at the ground-breaking legislation on its 50th anniversary.
It’s time for a moratorium on new fossil fuel extraction
It’s time for a moratorium on new fossil fuel extraction
Even in states like New Mexico that depend on oil revenue, the costs outweigh the benefits.
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