COVID19

Indigenous women tackle college during a pandemic
Indigenous women tackle college during a pandemic
How three Native American students took on the challenges of their first year away from home.
When public health becomes the public enemy
When public health becomes the public enemy
Far-right extremists are robbing the West of the officials who protect community health.
‘All I want to do is help people get over this pandemic’
‘All I want to do is help people get over this pandemic’
Tsun Sheng Neil Ku, a doctor in Billings, Montana, shares his experience battling both the virus and online misinformation.
In spite of bans, evictions in New Mexico continued during the pandemic
In spite of bans, evictions in New Mexico continued during the pandemic
Landlords and property managers filed more than 11,000 eviction notices since April 2020.
California tribal colleges offer ‘sense of belonging’ for Native students
California tribal colleges offer ‘sense of belonging’ for Native students
While the schools boost retention and graduation rates, they face funding and accreditation hurdles.
Crowds swarm the public lands
Crowds swarm the public lands
Land managers and gateway communities struggle to keep up.
A broken system: The number of Indigenous people who died from coronavirus may never be known
A broken system: The number of Indigenous people who died from coronavirus may never be known
From medical health privacy laws to a maze of siloed information systems, the true impact of COVID-19 on American Indian and Alaska Natives is impossible to calculate.
Solving the West’s housing crisis
Solving the West’s housing crisis
We need to care for the priced-out average worker or something is bound to break.
Americans go on a gun-buying frenzy
Americans go on a gun-buying frenzy
Gun-related violence soars along with sales.
Will COVID-19 vaccinations mean more prison overcrowding deaths?
Will COVID-19 vaccinations mean more prison overcrowding deaths?
California’s decades-old ‘tough on crime’ laws still fill prisons, creating disease danger zones.
What is the pandemic’s lasting impact on first responders?
What is the pandemic’s lasting impact on first responders?
In Los Angeles County, as COVID-19 surged, EMTs faced the unimaginable, forcing them to take unimaginable measures.
A punchy cougar; wildlife comms; COVID-safe hugs
A punchy cougar; wildlife comms; COVID-safe hugs
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
On day one, Haaland addresses Indigenous media
On day one, Haaland addresses Indigenous media
Tribal journalists given first opportunity to interview first Indigenous secretary of Interior.
Tired and inspired; wild new world; signs everywhere
Tired and inspired; wild new world; signs everywhere
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Foreign-born doctors fill physician shortages in the West
Foreign-born doctors fill physician shortages in the West
Some find a permanent home; others languish in a visa holding pattern.
A rural remedy to health care access
A rural remedy to health care access
A virtual telementoring program helps the West respond to the pandemic.
The benefits of outdoor education aren’t accessible to all
The benefits of outdoor education aren’t accessible to all
Interest in nature-based education has increased during the pandemic, but affordability is an issue.
New Mexico eyed for major nuclear waste storage facility
New Mexico eyed for major nuclear waste storage facility
Critics say virtual meetings bypassed rural communities and raise concerns about the company behind the proposal.
Is it time to decolonize the housing market?
Is it time to decolonize the housing market?
In California, COVID-19 is exacerbating housing inequities. Indigenous activist Jackie Fielder believes she has a solution.
Reclaiming the National Bison Range
Reclaiming the National Bison Range
After decades of battling misinformation, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes recover their lands and the herd.
Rural communities grapple with COVID-19 immunization rollout
Rural communities grapple with COVID-19 immunization rollout
Far-flung populations and limited cold-storage resources present challenges to clinics.
Why Utah’s wild mink COVID-19 case matters
Why Utah’s wild mink COVID-19 case matters
‘Vet-virologist’ Anna Fagre discusses the first positive case detected in the wild — and how ‘spillover’ could impact the West.
Indigenous fishers on the Columbia River confront new challenges
Indigenous fishers on the Columbia River confront new challenges
Beyond depleted salmon runs, the pandemic has created occupational hazards and a depressed salmon market.
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