Perspective

Why I changed my mind about Bears Ears
Why I changed my mind about Bears Ears
The benefits of a national monument in San Juan County outweigh the costs.
So you want to acknowledge the land?
So you want to acknowledge the land?
Some notes on a trend, and what real justice could look like.
There are no clear winners in the West’s water wars
There are no clear winners in the West’s water wars
As climate stressors raise the stakes, states put energy into litigation before conservation.
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.
As the country reckons with race, will tribal nations lead the way?
As the country reckons with race, will tribal nations lead the way?
The descendants of those once enslaved by tribes continue to push for equality.
Mountaintop removal threatens traditional Blackfoot territory
Mountaintop removal threatens traditional Blackfoot territory
Stop the Grassy Mountain coal project before it starts.
How Wyoming’s Black coal miners shaped their own history
How Wyoming’s Black coal miners shaped their own history
Many early Wyoming coal towns had thriving Black communities.
Pro-Trump riots won’t stop the winds of political change blowing in the West
Pro-Trump riots won’t stop the winds of political change blowing in the West
What the D.C. insurgency meant for our regional conscience.
I lost my mom to COVID-19. Don’t let the holidays steal yours.
I lost my mom to COVID-19. Don’t let the holidays steal yours.
If you understood how much this hurts, you might stop planning Thanksgiving.
Contested water settlements inflamed the Navajo Nation’s health crisis
Contested water settlements inflamed the Navajo Nation’s health crisis
Colonial laws and federal neglect created a worse-case scenario during a global pandemic.
Canada’s Oka Crisis marked a change in how police use force
Canada’s Oka Crisis marked a change in how police use force
Decades later, the standoff between Mohawk activists and police shows a stark comparison in militarization.
How the ‘only family’ argument is used against Indigenous families
How the ‘only family’ argument is used against Indigenous families
The phrasing was once deployed to keep Native families together under the Indian Child Welfare Act. Now, the narrative has been reversed.
Trump’s monumental hypocrisy
Trump’s monumental hypocrisy
Despite decrying destruction of Confederate monuments, the president has dismantled millions of acres of national monuments.
The West has a role in reimagining the U.S.
The West has a role in reimagining the U.S.
Our notion of ‘American exceptionalism’ has collapsed. What will replace it?
In southwestern Colorado, immigrants face a dual crisis
In southwestern Colorado, immigrants face a dual crisis
A global pandemic, and no social safety net leave immigrant and mixed-status families fending for themselves.
The Forest Service should embrace a full-time workforce
The Forest Service should embrace a full-time workforce
Permanently investing in firefighters would improve the health of employees and the landscapes we protect.
Democrats also gain from the border wall
Democrats also gain from the border wall
The militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border was always a bipartisan effort, with symbolism that’s useful to both parties.
Pandemic as prologue
Pandemic as prologue
A failure of imagination has stymied our outbreak response, but that’s just the beginning.
Park closures have unequal costs
Park closures have unequal costs
As we limit outdoor access, consider the impact on underrepresented communities.
A captive orca and a chance for our redemption
A captive orca and a chance for our redemption
Tokitae has spent nearly 50 years in captivity. It’s time she returned home.
In Washington, COVID-19 quarantine plans disrespect communities of color
In Washington, COVID-19 quarantine plans disrespect communities of color
‘In the end, among the most lasting symptoms of COVID-19 will be the layers of inequity it exposed in our society.’
MMIW families still need enforceable legislation
MMIW families still need enforceable legislation
Too often, tribal, state and federal governments mishandle cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women. This has to change.
The Elon Musk dilemma
The Elon Musk dilemma
When big thinkers think badly.
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