Race & Racism

Wild horses, buffalo and the politics of belonging
Wild horses, buffalo and the politics of belonging
On the Wind River Indian Reservation, two animals slip between the cracks of what is wild and what isn’t.
The Park Service buried its own study on harassment
The Park Service buried its own study on harassment
The agency promised transparency and action. Instead, it kept the audit confidential.
The ways Afro-Indigenous people are asked to navigate their communities
The ways Afro-Indigenous people are asked to navigate their communities
Two leading scholars discuss the complex relationship between Black and Native people.
150 years ago, 19 Chinese Angelenos were murdered in California
150 years ago, 19 Chinese Angelenos were murdered in California
In October 1871, a frenzied mob was responsible for one of the largest lynching in Western U.S. history.
Black entrepreneurs built beach havens in California. Racism shut them down.
Black entrepreneurs built beach havens in California. Racism shut them down.
The hidden history of Santa Monica’s Black coastal enclaves.
Indigenous college faculty and students lead the removal of racist panels in Colorado
Indigenous college faculty and students lead the removal of racist panels in Colorado
A former Native boarding school turned liberal arts college in Durango reckons with its ugly history.
After the Palisades Tahoe name change, where is the Washoe Tribe looking next?
After the Palisades Tahoe name change, where is the Washoe Tribe looking next?
‘This whole thing, it’s decent. It’s a decent thing to do.’
Reaching across Colorado’s racial frontiers
Reaching across Colorado’s racial frontiers
Jenny Shank’s new story collection ‘Mixed Company’ reveals racial fault lines in the Centennial State.
6 things you should know about the 2021 Native American Voting Rights Act
6 things you should know about the 2021 Native American Voting Rights Act
Indigenous communities face disproportionate barriers to voting, but the act would help protect this important right.
A California county spars over water, marijuana law and race
A California county spars over water, marijuana law and race
Tasked to map an enigmatic aquifer for future water management, scientists confront political and scientific uncertainty.
The lack of diversity in outdoor rec is systematic and disconcerting
The lack of diversity in outdoor rec is systematic and disconcerting
I want people of color to feel called to reclaim natural spaces.
Family, culture, politics and heartbreak in the modern West
Family, culture, politics and heartbreak in the modern West
Nawaaz Ahmed’s debut novel ponders endings from beginnings.
A Q&A with New Mexico’s deputy director of The Wilderness Society
A Q&A with New Mexico’s deputy director of The Wilderness Society
Kay Bounkeua discusses growing up Lao-Chinese in the state, her connection to landscape and what’s next for the conservation movement.
The fight for racial justice in Montana, one year out
The fight for racial justice in Montana, one year out
From Havre to Bozeman, the push for equity persists.
Five shots in Denver
Five shots in Denver
In 2013, anti-gang activist Terrance Roberts shot a man in the Holly, a historically Black neighborhood in Denver. What really happened that night?
The West’s Asian Americans arm up for self-defense
The West’s Asian Americans arm up for self-defense
Once denied their Second Amendment rights, Asian Americans are heading to gun shops in droves.
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.
Albuquerque’s racist history haunts its housing market
Albuquerque’s racist history haunts its housing market
Policymakers and activists fight to remove pro-segregation, anti-immigrant provisions from property deeds.
The long Western legacy of violence against Asian Americans
The long Western legacy of violence against Asian Americans
‘History is repeating itself.’
What tribal sovereignty means for Freedmen citizenship
What tribal sovereignty means for Freedmen citizenship
Is Congress coercing the Choctaw Nation into doing away with discriminatory policies?
Western lawmakers lead a movement to protect natural hair
Western lawmakers lead a movement to protect natural hair
A recent wave of legislation fights for Black women’s right to wear natural styles and have safe hair products.
Honoring Montana’s first Black librarian
Honoring Montana’s first Black librarian
Carrying on the legacy of Alma Smith Jacobs requires representation and education.
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.
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