People & Places

On the fireline, emotional trauma is a hidden threat
On the fireline, emotional trauma is a hidden threat
As fires grow larger, wildland firefighting poses new risks to bodies and minds.
The true stakes of the Indian Child Welfare Act
The true stakes of the Indian Child Welfare Act
Allie Maldonado’s family was torn apart by removal. It was reunited by community — and ICWA.
The Amah Mutsun tribe rallies to save sacred sites
The Amah Mutsun tribe rallies to save sacred sites
A proposed sand and gravel mine threatens the heritage of the central California tribe.
How can we live with the constant threat of violence?
How can we live with the constant threat of violence?
Arianne Zwartjes’s new book ‘These Dark Skies’ considers the brutality of our time, its causes and how we might change it.
Protecting neighborhoods from future flames
Protecting neighborhoods from future flames
Equitable wildfire preparedness requires community-level fixes.
‘We are not for sale’
‘We are not for sale’
The Environmental Justice for All Act could give communities more agency to stop mega warehouse projects.
Washington’s largest homeless encampment faces an uncertain future
Washington’s largest homeless encampment faces an uncertain future
With the state planning to spend $24 million on relocation, residents of Camp Hope aspire to self determination and continued community.
Can Arizona citizens use the tools of democracy to preserve the state’s dwindling water?
Can Arizona citizens use the tools of democracy to preserve the state’s dwindling water?
How a group of ‘scrappy’ locals are working to create Arizona’s first citizen-initiated groundwater management area.
When I knew I had made it home
When I knew I had made it home
I drifted around the rural West and country for decades. Until I reached a small corner of Colorado.
Alaska land sale kicks off the state’s ambitious new agricultural project
Alaska land sale kicks off the state’s ambitious new agricultural project
The Nenana Totchaket Agricultural Project aims to fight food insecurity in the state but could interfere with local trappers’ ability to gather food.
How growing Western rec towns might hold onto their futures
How growing Western rec towns might hold onto their futures
Researchers look to give small tourism communities the tools for a GNARly approach.
Why can’t the public access the West’s biggest waterfall?
Why can’t the public access the West’s biggest waterfall?
Willamette Falls used to be a public place of laughter and sharing. It could be again, if painful politics don’t eclipse revitalization efforts.
Reconsidering Wilma Mankiller
Reconsidering Wilma Mankiller
As the Cherokee Nation’s first female chief’s image is minted onto a coin, her full humanity should be examined.
When the heat is unbearable but there’s nowhere to go
When the heat is unbearable but there’s nowhere to go
How last year’s record-breaking heat wave caused misery and chaos for Washington’s incarcerated population — and why it’s set to happen all over again.
How cooking, eating and harvesting beach greens ties a family together
How cooking, eating and harvesting beach greens ties a family together
An Inupiaq writer remembers her family roots through a favorite dish.
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.
How to choose a pronoun
How to choose a pronoun
The land does not care what parts of you are male or female.
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.
How place names impact the way we see landscape
How place names impact the way we see landscape
Western landscapes and their names are stratified with personal memories, ancestral teachings, mythic events and colonial disturbances.
The lion king of Los Angeles
The lion king of Los Angeles
After Miguel Ordeñana discovered mountain lion P-22 in urban LA, he became a key advocate for habitat connectivity, which is essential for the species’ survival in Southern California.
Why rural communities struggle to bring in much-needed federal grants
Why rural communities struggle to bring in much-needed federal grants
A new analysis suggests that over half of communities in the West lack the capacity to take advantage of infrastructure bill funding. Now what?
What does it mean to live well on an overheating planet?
What does it mean to live well on an overheating planet?
A walk through the Quinault rainforest leads to a cascade of questions.
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Roman and Stella
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Roman and Stella
Southern California residents wrestle with events unfolding back home in the Russia-Ukraine war.
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