Arizona

Mining for lithium, at a cost to Indigenous religions
Mining for lithium, at a cost to Indigenous religions
In western Arizona, the push for EVs threatens the Hualapai Tribe’s religious practices.
A hallucinogenic toad in peril
A hallucinogenic toad in peril
How a Sonoran Desert species got caught up in the commodification of spiritual awakening.
Rapid growth in Arizona’s suburbs bets against an uncertain water supply
Rapid growth in Arizona’s suburbs bets against an uncertain water supply
‘The alternative is something they don’t want to think about.’
Scraping bottom; underwhelmed by parks; bulldozed saguaros
Scraping bottom; underwhelmed by parks; bulldozed saguaros
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
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.
Border wall construction brings crowds, and COVID-19 anxiety, into Arizona towns
Border wall construction brings crowds, and COVID-19 anxiety, into Arizona towns
Hundreds of workers are passing through the rural border communities, where medical services are already strained.
Triumph and tragedy: Trump’s border wall expands
Triumph and tragedy: Trump’s border wall expands
Anger and despair rise as new projects are announced in the Southwest.
Arizona steelworkers continue strike despite COVID-19
Arizona steelworkers continue strike despite COVID-19
After more than a decade without a raise, workers are asking for a better contract.
Uranium mining threatens our home, the Grand Canyon
Uranium mining threatens our home, the Grand Canyon
Since time immemorial, the Havasupai have lived inside the natural wonder. We face yet another peril.
Meet the outfitters welcoming Grand Canyon rafters to a COVID-19 reality
Meet the outfitters welcoming Grand Canyon rafters to a COVID-19 reality
‘A harsh ending to a pretty wonderful experience.’
Public health workers innovate around social distancing guidelines
Public health workers innovate around social distancing guidelines
Outreach to immigrant communities moves to Facebook and phones, as roving mobile health programs deliver food and medicine.
As temperatures rise,  Arizona sinks
As temperatures rise, Arizona sinks
Climate change and unregulated wells are depleting the West’s groundwater reserves.
Sloppy scavengers; dashing javelina; moose trappings
Sloppy scavengers; dashing javelina; moose trappings
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Agricultural extension agents help farms succeed. But in Indian Country, they’re scarce.
Agricultural extension agents help farms succeed. But in Indian Country, they’re scarce.
On the Hopi Reservation, one agent is helping her community grow food. But for how long?
Land-grab universities
Land-grab universities
Expropriated Indigenous land is the foundation of the land-grant university system.
The endless search for Charles Bowden
The endless search for Charles Bowden
A longtime Bowden reader remembers the complicated author through two new books.
Forest Service delays copper mine planned on sacred land
Forest Service delays copper mine planned on sacred land
‘Oak Flat is still on death row.’
As the 2020 elections loom, the House hears testimony about Native voting rights
As the 2020 elections loom, the House hears testimony about Native voting rights
The hearing coincided with an appeals court allowing Arizona’s ban on ‘ballot-harvesting’ — a practice advocates say helps Native voter turnout.
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.
Ranchers blindsided by Trump’s border  wall
Ranchers blindsided by Trump’s border wall
They built a coalition to protect open space. Now, they’re up against the country’s largest construction project.
Our detention system is bankrupting immigrants
Our detention system is bankrupting immigrants
As corporations cash in, mixed-status families are thrown into deep poverty.
Why a wildlife biologist became a social justice advocate
Why a wildlife biologist became a social justice advocate
Sergio Avila, known prominently for his jaguar research, shifted his focus to equity in the outdoors.
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.
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