History

The pioneer of ruin
The pioneer of ruin
Amid a desolate mess in Cisco, Utah, a young woman resurrects a home.
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.
Wildfire suppression is a decades-old conundrum
Wildfire suppression is a decades-old conundrum
Wilderness managers are still trying to balance the risks and necessity of fire.
Behind the iconic, dystopian images of the New Deal
Behind the iconic, dystopian images of the New Deal
A short-lived photography project captured rural poverty during the Great Depression.
Trevor Noah owes Indigenous women an apology
Trevor Noah owes Indigenous women an apology
Racially and sexually objectifying Aboriginal women reflects a long practice in Australia and abroad.
Reckoning with History: The legacy of lynching in the West
Reckoning with History: The legacy of lynching in the West
Violence, often thought of as ‘frontier justice,’ disproportionately targeted people of color.
Why Justice Anthony Kennedy wasn’t good for Indian Country
Why Justice Anthony Kennedy wasn’t good for Indian Country
The retiring Supreme Court justice leaves a legacy of anti-tribal votes.
The wonder of White Sands
The wonder of White Sands
A photographer lovingly documents New Mexico’s desert national monument.
‘Little House’ and the identity of the prairie struggle
‘Little House’ and the identity of the prairie struggle
The gritty reality behind Laura Ingalls Wilder’s writings.
The problems and potential in HBO’s ‘Westworld’
The problems and potential in HBO’s ‘Westworld’
The hit series both relies on and pushes against stereotypes of the mythological West.
Reckoning with History: The devolution of conservation’s trust fund
Reckoning with History: The devolution of conservation’s trust fund
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is set to expire, thanks to a partisan Congress.
What the Ice Age West predicts about our future
What the Ice Age West predicts about our future
An American creation story.
How the Yurok Tribe is reclaiming the Klamath River
How the Yurok Tribe is reclaiming the Klamath River
For the first time, the largest tribe in California has one of its own to lead its legal battles.
Latest: What volcanic eruptions can teach us
Latest: What volcanic eruptions can teach us
Mount St. Helens research enlightens the response to the recent Hawaiian eruption.
Why Native remains are treated like collector’s items
Why Native remains are treated like collector’s items
U.S. cultural protection laws fail to respect Indigenous lives.
Portland’s gentrification has its roots in racism
Portland’s gentrification has its roots in racism
Black Americans aren’t defined by poor schools, menial jobs, high crime and incarceration. They endure them.
How do we honor New Mexico’s colorful past
How do we honor New Mexico’s colorful past
… without celebrating colonialism’s violence?
The Forest Service faces a century-old call for equality
The Forest Service faces a century-old call for equality
As early as 1924, women were asking the agency for equal treatment.
In paintings, a gentle portrait of Canada’s scars
In paintings, a gentle portrait of Canada’s scars
A review of Sonny Assu: A Selective History.
How the feds helped make Cliven Bundy a celebrity
How the feds helped make Cliven Bundy a celebrity
The creation of an anti-public-lands hero.
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