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The rapid thaw of Alaska will accelerate global heating
The rapid thaw of Alaska will accelerate global heating
The state’s warmest spring on record will have planet-wide repercussions.
‘None of this happened the way you think it did’
‘None of this happened the way you think it did’
For years, the clients of a Colorado funeral home kept their loved ones’ cremated remains. Then the FBI called.
What it’s like to navigate life below the poverty line
What it’s like to navigate life below the poverty line
A new book humanizes the work America’s poor must go through to try and stay afloat.
Tribal members bear the cost of ending blood quantum certificates
Tribal members bear the cost of ending blood quantum certificates
The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ move to abruptly end its longstanding ‘policy’ is disingenuous.
Indian Health Service provider vacancies a ‘never-ending cycle’
Indian Health Service provider vacancies a ‘never-ending cycle’
A new report reveals that chronic understaffing at the Indian Health Service denies patients quality care.
Why don’t anti-Indian groups count as hate groups?
Why don’t anti-Indian groups count as hate groups?
The current understanding of ‘hate groups’ excludes those who undermine tribal rights and sovereignty.
We traveled 2,000 miles to save Chaco Canyon
We traveled 2,000 miles to save Chaco Canyon
Pueblo historic sites face oil and gas development on unprotected public lands.
Activists want to remove Seattle’s iconic totem poles
Activists want to remove Seattle’s iconic totem poles
Opponents say the art fixtures misrepresent the local Native community.
Where are the Indigenous children who never came home?
Where are the Indigenous children who never came home?
An untold number of students at Carlisle Indian School disappeared. Tribal nations raise the stakes in search of answers.
The deadly consequences of Christian ‘faith-healers’
The deadly consequences of Christian ‘faith-healers’
A new film explores a fringe sect’s concept of freedom and the child deaths caused by it.
Students explore nature in densely built Los Angeles
Students explore nature in densely built Los Angeles
Educators hope this elementary school will foster a commitment to science and conservation.
The U.S. has become a nation of suburbs
The U.S. has become a nation of suburbs
In the West and elsewhere, suburban areas are growing as cities decline.
Congress must prioritize Native women through legislation
Congress must prioritize Native women through legislation
The critical Violence Against Women Act is set to expire at the end of this month.
Photos: Above a Western waste land
Photos: Above a Western waste land
A photo collection of 67 Superfund sites shows landscapes vandalized by mines and nuclear plants.
The pioneer of ruin
The pioneer of ruin
Amid a desolate mess in Cisco, Utah, a young woman resurrects a home.
A toilet project; carpet-bombing trout; the ick factor
A toilet project; carpet-bombing trout; the ick factor
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
An end of the line for the kings of the Yukon?
An end of the line for the kings of the Yukon?
A writer visits Alaska and finds a fishing culture in slow collapse, fading with its most important resource.
Relittering: Take your trash and show it in the sun
Relittering: Take your trash and show it in the sun
Philosophy teaches us little more than how to confuse our settled opinions.
Latest: County campaign promotes monuments on the chopping block
Latest: County campaign promotes monuments on the chopping block
San Juan County says ‘Make it Monumental’ while asking for exemption from the Antiquities Act.
Why Jon Kyl was chosen to replace John McCain
Why Jon Kyl was chosen to replace John McCain
Amid a reshuffling of Arizona’s political deck, the state’s governor makes a water-driven decision.
Conspiracy theories inspire vigilante justice in Tucson
Conspiracy theories inspire vigilante justice in Tucson
How one man’s imagined discovery of a sex-trafficking camp in the Sonoran Desert gained life online — and in the real world.
‘Organic’ litter is not copacetic
‘Organic’ litter is not copacetic
Even orange peels be damned — don’t toss your food on the trail.
Indigenous peoples are decolonizing virtual worlds
Indigenous peoples are decolonizing virtual worlds
Video games have a malicious history of inaccurate portrayals of Indigenous characters.
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