Analysis

Public land is no longer on sale to oil and gas companies
Public land is no longer on sale to oil and gas companies
President Biden’s leasing pause signals a major shift in federal land policy.
Pikas are adapting to climate change
Pikas are adapting to climate change
The resilient species is altering its behaviors in response to changing conditions.
The Washington, D.C., siege has Western roots and consequences
The Washington, D.C., siege has Western roots and consequences
History and the growing power of right-wing extremism point to a volatile future for the West during the Biden presidency.
Northwest tribes aid a fight against fossil fuels
Northwest tribes aid a fight against fossil fuels
Two Pacific Northwest conflicts exemplify a union between tribal nations and anti-fossil fuel advocates.
‘I saw more dead birds in that one pit than hunters would poach’
‘I saw more dead birds in that one pit than hunters would poach’
Egged on by industry lobbyists, Interior Department weakens bird protections.
As Alaska’s waters warm, squid move Northward
As Alaska’s waters warm, squid move Northward
Opalescents are showing up in waters previously considered too cold for them.
Scott Pruitt’s EPA drags its feet on controlling pollution
Scott Pruitt’s EPA drags its feet on controlling pollution
An anti-regulations agency delays enforcing the rules it was created to oversee.
Harassment pervades the Bureau of Indian Affairs
Harassment pervades the Bureau of Indian Affairs
One of the oldest agencies in the Department of Interior appears to have some of its worst harassment problems.
A new generation of activists, born next to an oil refinery
A new generation of activists, born next to an oil refinery
Long in the grips of industry, working-class parents take a lesson from their children.
Who can adopt a Native child?
Who can adopt a Native child?
The Indian Child Welfare Act has helped repair the damage of the boarding-school era – but not everyone wants it in place.
We need more Native literary giants than Sherman Alexie
We need more Native literary giants than Sherman Alexie
In the wake of sexual harassment allegations, a look beyond the influential writer.
The Wyoming Public Lands Initiative risks collapse
The Wyoming Public Lands Initiative risks collapse
As conflicting groups search for middle ground, some say the process is being rushed.
In Alaska, wildlands lose out to roads and drill rigs
In Alaska, wildlands lose out to roads and drill rigs
An industry-friendly White House helps Sen. Lisa Murkowski score long-sought gains.
Elizabeth Warren’s empty platitude over Native ancestry
Elizabeth Warren’s empty platitude over Native ancestry
The senator’s claims complicate her political relationship with tribes.
5 types of gun laws the Founding Fathers loved
5 types of gun laws the Founding Fathers loved
Framers of the Second Amendment wanted an armed, but regulated, population.
A new structure for the Interior Department takes shape
A new structure for the Interior Department takes shape
A massive shake-up would shed senior staffers and state boundaries. Could it work?
The killing of Colten Boushie
The killing of Colten Boushie
Why the shooting of a Canadian Cree man has so many people angry.
The Air Force wants to expand into Nevada’s wild desert
The Air Force wants to expand into Nevada’s wild desert
A 300,000-acre base expansion would push into intact bighorn sheep habitat.
When the victors re-write history
When the victors re-write history
A holistic understanding of Southwestern peoples brings the Genízaros to light.
The demise of Chief Wahoo
The demise of Chief Wahoo
Cleveland’s logo phase-out is a small win in the fight against racist mascots.
A Montana bill takes aim at wilderness study areas
A Montana bill takes aim at wilderness study areas
Sen. Steve Daines wants to slash protections for some of the state’s wildest land.
Monument reductions threaten future dinosaur discoveries
Monument reductions threaten future dinosaur discoveries
Digs are imperiled by Trump’s move to slash protections for public land.
Where #MeToo meets #MMIW
Where #MeToo meets #MMIW
The national conversation should include murdered and missing Indigenous women.
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