Corruption

Investigation: Illegal cannabis operation looks for roots in Indigenous communities
Investigation: Illegal cannabis operation looks for roots in Indigenous communities
High Country News and Searchlight New Mexico confirmed that Dineh Benally, who set up illegal ventures on the Navajo Nation, attempts new operations in South Dakota.
What it took to investigate a suspicious town in the Mojave Desert
What it took to investigate a suspicious town in the Mojave Desert
The creator of the 2020 podcast California City reflects on how she exposed deceptive desert land sales — from the outside.
New Mexico’s thin blurred line
New Mexico’s thin blurred line
Police in the state have long flirted with radical right-wing vigilantism.
Feds give Navajo uranium contract to firm with sketchy past
Feds give Navajo uranium contract to firm with sketchy past
A High Country News investigation finds the EPA awarded Tetra Tech a contract despite knowing its subsidiary had likely engaged in data manipulation, false reporting and profiteering.
How the Trump administration is silencing science
How the Trump administration is silencing science
Six ex-government scientists explain how they were made to bury climate science and why they decided to blow the whistle.
The Mormon Church supplied tainted water to its members for years
The Mormon Church supplied tainted water to its members for years
Utah regulators turned a blind eye to faulty water systems at a girls’ summer camp, trusting the LDS Church would eventually fix the problem.
Staffers allege misconduct at BLM’s busiest oil and gas office
Staffers allege misconduct at BLM’s busiest oil and gas office
Complaints to Interior’s Office of Inspector General reveal concerns that the Carlsbad Field Office broke laws to favor industry.
New Wyoming coal company abandons mines and miners
New Wyoming coal company abandons mines and miners
State officials are picking up the pieces after Blackjewel goes belly up.
Survey finds few tribal governments allow press freedom
Survey finds few tribal governments allow press freedom
83% of respondents said stories about tribal government affairs often go unreported due to censorship.
Zinke leaves unfinished business at the Interior Department
Zinke leaves unfinished business at the Interior Department
The questionable legality of the Trump administration’s aggressive deregulatory and development-friendly policies could end up being its undoing.
What happened with your insurance after wildfire?
What happened with your insurance after wildfire?
Help us investigate the opaque wildfire insurance industry by sharing your experience.
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 casualties of Trump’s trade war
The casualties of Trump’s trade war
How ‘America First’ often puts the West last.
Imperiled wildlife are caught in a political tug-of-war
Imperiled wildlife are caught in a political tug-of-war
The proposed bills and rule changes that would reshape the Endangered Species Act.
GMO grass is creeping across Oregon
GMO grass is creeping across Oregon
Missteps by agribusiness giants allowed the invasion. Now they’re off the hook for cleanup.
Latest: Northwest timber poaching increases
Latest: Northwest timber poaching increases
Forest Service rangers manage to bust some tree thieves — but most still get away.
Sage grouse shake-up alienates conservationists
Sage grouse shake-up alienates conservationists
Some back away from cooperating as trust in Interior wanes.
Park Service releases complete climate change report
Park Service releases complete climate change report
Following political pressure, references to humans’ role in sea level rise were restored.
A hedge-fund owner is ‘murdering The Denver Post’
A hedge-fund owner is ‘murdering The Denver Post’
Without jobs, journalists can’t be the watchdogs of democracy.
A legal defense fund for Pruitt compounds ethics concerns
A legal defense fund for Pruitt compounds ethics concerns
Accepting donations could add to the scandals already plaguing the EPA head.
Scott Pruitt’s ethics violations haven’t stopped his rollbacks
Scott Pruitt’s ethics violations haven’t stopped his rollbacks
Beleagured by investigations, the EPA chief continues to unravel protections.
Trump’s false narrative of chaos at the border
Trump’s false narrative of chaos at the border
As asylum-seekers flee to the U.S., misguided immigration policies proliferate.
The squandered funds raised around Standing Rock
The squandered funds raised around Standing Rock
What we learned about accountability from a nine-month investigation into #NoDAPL.
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