Public health

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.
Who’s looking out for elders on the Navajo Nation?
Who’s looking out for elders on the Navajo Nation?
A reporter documents lack of food and harsh conditions for many Diné elderly, and few willing to take responsibility.
Utah housing advocates take on a cost crisis made worse by COVID-19
Utah housing advocates take on a cost crisis made worse by COVID-19
A new fund aims to acquire properties and maintain them at affordable rents.
The old-school organizers who got it done on Zoom
The old-school organizers who got it done on Zoom
How the country’s oldest organizing group won COVID-19 relief for undocumented immigrants in California.
A Washington town isolated from the U.S. is now cut off from Canada, too
A Washington town isolated from the U.S. is now cut off from Canada, too
COVID-19 border closures have curtailed the international routines of the tiny town of Point Roberts.
As a plague sweeps the land, zealots see a gift from heaven
As a plague sweeps the land, zealots see a gift from heaven
Extremist pastors are using the COVID-19 pandemic to push their conservative religious ideologies.
How big oil funds big brother
How big oil funds big brother
Some of the largest fossil fuel companies in the nation back police foundations that raise money for weapons, equipment and surveillance technology.
Celebrating community in the time of coronavirus
Celebrating community in the time of coronavirus
Events like the Tanabata Festival in East Los Angeles gave residents a chance to celebrate together. In its absence is something even more profound.
Patriot militia groups mobilize during a deadly pandemic and massive protests
Patriot militia groups mobilize during a deadly pandemic and massive protests
‘That has a real chilling effect on democratic practice.’
COVID-19 is complicating Seattle’s response to wildfire smoke
COVID-19 is complicating Seattle’s response to wildfire smoke
What happens when one public health threat compounds the risks of another?
Las preocupaciones por el coronavirus reviven la organización de los trabajadores
Las preocupaciones por el coronavirus reviven la organización de los trabajadores
Los empacadores de fruta de Washington buscan victorias de largo plazo con las huelgas de la pandemia.
Colorado passes limits on dangerous ‘forever’ chemicals
Colorado passes limits on dangerous ‘forever’ chemicals
As federal regulations lag, state water officials unanimously pass new PFAS limits.
California’s incarcerated firefighters face dangerous work, low pay and COVID-19
California’s incarcerated firefighters face dangerous work, low pay and COVID-19
More than a thousand of the crucial wildfire fighting crews have been placed in quarantine after possible exposure to coronavirus.
North American bats may be susceptible to SARS-CoV-2
North American bats may be susceptible to SARS-CoV-2
This is bad news for bats and humans.
Native Americans are regularly undercounted in the census. COVID-19 will make it worse.
Native Americans are regularly undercounted in the census. COVID-19 will make it worse.
‘If you want to have a worst-case scenario on doing a census count in any state in Indian Country, it’s now.’
A pandemic of both feminism and despair
A pandemic of both feminism and despair
In Lauren Beukes’ ‘Afterland,’ only women survive. Can they rebuild?
Wildland firefighters are risking their mental health
Wildland firefighters are risking their mental health
As climate change lengthens fire seasons, will the government do enough to protect them?
Dying in the shadows: What’s the full impact of the pandemic?
Dying in the shadows: What’s the full impact of the pandemic?
As COVID-19 tears at safety nets, questions about how to count death totals surface.
A Seattle tattoo artist turns to essential work: transporting the dead
A Seattle tattoo artist turns to essential work: transporting the dead
After her shop closed, Jessica Henry found a way to be of service during the pandemic helping others with life’s passing.
Who will drive school buses during the pandemic?
Who will drive school buses during the pandemic?
School administrators struggle to figure out how to get kids to school while keeping bus drivers, who are often older, safe.
Video: How rural and urban housing crises affect one Indigenous family
Video: How rural and urban housing crises affect one Indigenous family
Oakland is pricing out long-term residents, among them Joe Waukazoo.
Coronavirus concerns revive labor organizing
Coronavirus concerns revive labor organizing
Washington fruit packers seek lasting gains from pandemic strikes.
Black Americans bear the brunt of Trump’s environmental rollbacks
Black Americans bear the brunt of Trump’s environmental rollbacks
The connections between the environment, race and the COVID-19 crisis are many.
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