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 a California archive reconnected a New Mexico family with its Chinese roots
How a California archive reconnected a New Mexico family with its Chinese roots
Aimee Towi Mae Tang’s Chinese American family never talked about the past. She decided to change that.
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Kira and Iryna
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Kira and Iryna
Southern California residents wrestle with events unfolding back home in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Interior is pushing states to replace derogatory place names with colonial ones
Interior is pushing states to replace derogatory place names with colonial ones
In Washington, 18 place names with the ‘sq—’ slur are being changed to names like ‘Columbia.’ State officials say that’s not good enough.
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Dmytro and Pavel
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Dmytro and Pavel
Southern California residents wrestle with events unfolding back home in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Mila and Roman
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Mila and Roman
Southern California residents wrestle with events unfolding back home in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Vladimir and Alex
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Vladimir and Alex
Southern California residents wrestle with events unfolding back home in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Images from the first-known Native American female photographer
Images from the first-known Native American female photographer
Jennie Ross Cobb put her subjects at ease for uniquely candid photos from early 1900s Indian Territory.
My archive: 20 years of Los Angeles’ LGBTQ+ movement
My archive: 20 years of Los Angeles’ LGBTQ+ movement
Between 1978 and 1998, Lydia Otero built a collection around queer activism in LA.
Sea Potential works to empower people of color in marine sciences
Sea Potential works to empower people of color in marine sciences
‘The key is being able to feel comfortable … these spaces need to feel safe.’
Odd twins; rescue by owl; dinosaur IPA
Odd twins; rescue by owl; dinosaur IPA
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The place that coal built and fire burned
The place that coal built and fire burned
Extractive industry laid the infrastructure for the suburban sprawl that fueled Colorado’s destructive Marshall Fire.
A just transition for farmworkers
A just transition for farmworkers
As agricultural laborers continue to bear the brunt of climate change, activists in Washington chart a new path for climate justice.
When the little owl vanishes
When the little owl vanishes
A writer reflects on parenthood and what to talk about when confronting extinction.
Rekindling connections in the small flame of a qulliq
Rekindling connections in the small flame of a qulliq
An Inupiaq writer welcomes the nourishing glow of a seal oil lamp into her home.
‘The clinic, it’s going to be the heart of it all’
‘The clinic, it’s going to be the heart of it all’
Members of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the newest federally recognized tribe, will have guaranteed access to health care when their new medical center opens.
Cultural extraction at the edge of the abyss
Cultural extraction at the edge of the abyss
Butte, Montana, doesn’t have a major art museum. Instead, it has a gigantic toxic pit.
Wildfire survivors face another threat: PTSD
Wildfire survivors face another threat: PTSD
As disasters become more frequent, acute stress can turn chronic.
The threat to Colorado’s acequias and the communities that depend on them
The threat to Colorado’s acequias and the communities that depend on them
In the San Luis Valley, the communal and egalitarian resource offers a way of life.
Decolonizing Idaho’s road signs
Decolonizing Idaho’s road signs
A new effort will add Indigenous history to historical markers across the state.
Coming out as trans in the rural West
Coming out as trans in the rural West
A high schooler’s photo essay documents what it’s like to go through intense change in a place that never changes.
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