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Duwamish Tribe sues Interior in federal court, alleging sex discrimination
Duwamish Tribe sues Interior in federal court, alleging sex discrimination
After decades of back-and-forth with federal authorities, the matrilineal descendants of Chief Seattle want federal recognition, once and for all.
The Navajo Nation’s first economist takes a fresh view on development
The Navajo Nation’s first economist takes a fresh view on development
Alisha Murphy discusses her vision of a robust tribal economy and the importance of community input.
Ashes and silver linings: Marshall Fire survivors reflect
Ashes and silver linings: Marshall Fire survivors reflect
Colorado’s most destructive fire leaves behind grief and slow recoveries.
COVID-19 pushed Seattle to provide housing for homeless people
COVID-19 pushed Seattle to provide housing for homeless people
Advocates hope to lock in this assistance beyond the pandemic.
How do you fight wildfire during a pandemic?
How do you fight wildfire during a pandemic?
Keeping first responders socially distant, and evacuating communities safely, would be a challenge.
Indigenous artists hit hard as gig after gig is canceled
Indigenous artists hit hard as gig after gig is canceled
The cancellations and postponements have a rippling economic effect across Indian Country.
Coronavirus takes a heavy economic toll on rural hospitals
Coronavirus takes a heavy economic toll on rural hospitals
A sudden drop in revenue shows how thin margins threaten small town hospitals.
‘They cut all of our hours’
‘They cut all of our hours’
Despite their designation as essential, California farmworkers are being furloughed.
Jackson, whole: Community persists with an uncertain future
Jackson, whole: Community persists with an uncertain future
COVID-19 upends a Wyoming resort town.
Body brokers arrested for illegally selling body parts
Body brokers arrested for illegally selling body parts
The FBI has been investigating the owner of a now-closed Colorado funeral home since 2017.
Amidst North Dakota’s fracking boom, people keep disappearing
Amidst North Dakota’s fracking boom, people keep disappearing
Journalist Sierra Crane Murdoch documents Lissa Yellow Bird’s search for the missing.
In their words: How Westerners are weathering the pandemic
In their words: How Westerners are weathering the pandemic
From feeling hopeful to anxious to resilient, people across the West offer a look into their communities.
Park closures have unequal costs
Park closures have unequal costs
As we limit outdoor access, consider the impact on underrepresented communities.
Pro tips on physical distancing from the nonhuman world
Pro tips on physical distancing from the nonhuman world
Get lit, howl and mind your paws.
Casino closures in Indian Country hit core tribal services
Casino closures in Indian Country hit core tribal services
Tribal government gaming is at a standstill, amounting to $4.4 billion in lost economic activity.
After the Camp Fire, Paradise is still home
After the Camp Fire, Paradise is still home
How our connection to place will shape the future of the West.
Air pollution and COVID-19 could be a dangerous cocktail
Air pollution and COVID-19 could be a dangerous cocktail
Pollution already makes breathing harder for some. Will the pandemic follow similar patterns?
‘We run towards problems, not away from them.’
‘We run towards problems, not away from them.’
As COVID-19 closes in, a rural doctor awaits the inevitable.
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?
Safe at home in Los Angeles
Safe at home in Los Angeles
Even under restrictions, the city shines for all to see.
Support groups grapple with social distance and isolation
Support groups grapple with social distance and isolation
As mental health services and addiction recovery groups move online, a resilient community adapts to COVID-19.
The danger of self-isolating from COVID-19 on public lands
The danger of self-isolating from COVID-19 on public lands
Gateway communities grow wary of out-of-town crowds.
Crowded cities and lonely country: See your county’s hospital bed capacity
Crowded cities and lonely country: See your county’s hospital bed capacity
In the West, nearly 100,000 people over 65 years old live in counties without a hospital bed.
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