Perspective

Farmers turn to prisons to fill labor needs
Farmers turn to prisons to fill labor needs
With immigration numbers low, the agriculture industry looks to another form of disenfranchised workers.
Mining laws have long been used for recreation
Mining laws have long been used for recreation
In Idaho, a law meant to boost mining actually allows for its end as recreation transforms the West’s economy.
Survey finds few tribal governments allow press freedom
Survey finds few tribal governments allow press freedom
83% of respondents said stories about tribal government affairs often go unreported due to censorship.
Where there’s smoke, there’s suffering
Where there’s smoke, there’s suffering
The small, sad harms of a summer spent indoors to avoid wildfire smoke.
The casualties of Trump’s trade war
The casualties of Trump’s trade war
How ‘America First’ often puts the West last.
Journalism is less diverse than Hollywood — and Congress
Journalism is less diverse than Hollywood — and Congress
Stop enabling news organizations that shun inclusive coverage.
Montanans sightsee at a political circus
Montanans sightsee at a political circus
President Donald Trump’s spectacle draws a crowd, for now.
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.
En el Sur de California, el vehículo aún manda
En el Sur de California, el vehículo aún manda
La ansiedad de estar contribuyendo a las emisiones de carbono en la gran ciudad.
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.
In Southern California, the car still reigns
In Southern California, the car still reigns
The anxieties of trying to lower emissions in Los Angeles’ sprawl.
How to disrupt negative narratives in Indian Country
How to disrupt negative narratives in Indian Country
A study finds that Indigenous people face continued discrimination and invisibility.
Trump’s coal and nuclear bailout helps execs and hurts the grid
Trump’s coal and nuclear bailout helps execs and hurts the grid
In a heavy-handed directive, the Department of Energy caters to industry barons.
On the border, colonial violence goes unpunished
On the border, colonial violence goes unpunished
Tribal members positioned to help Border Patrol are getting run down by its agents.
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.
The 416 Fire reminds us there’s no escape from climate change
The 416 Fire reminds us there’s no escape from climate change
Rumors that a popular tourist train sparked the fire have forced a reckoning.
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.
An advocate for Indian Country in the Trump administration?
An advocate for Indian Country in the Trump administration?
Tara Sweeney, an Inupiaq woman from Alaska, could become the second Native woman to head Indian Affairs.
Soñando con una equidad energética
Soñando con una equidad energética
California busca democratizar la energía renovable.
How California is bringing solar energy to low-income renters
How California is bringing solar energy to low-income renters
An array on an infamous down-and-out building makes solar more equitable.
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.
In Oklahoma, a death penalty case to test tribal sovereignty
In Oklahoma, a death penalty case to test tribal sovereignty
The Supreme Court will now decide whether the reservations of five tribes still exist.
When colleges let down Indigenous students
When colleges let down Indigenous students
Discrimination against two young Mohawk men at Colorado State University highlights an all-too-common misunderstanding.
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