Social Justice

Standing Rock’s countdown to Election Day
Standing Rock’s countdown to Election Day
With restrictive new voter ID laws, Standing Rock leadership is sent into overdrive.
Is Arizona purposely keeping minority voters from the polls?
Is Arizona purposely keeping minority voters from the polls?
Since 2013, new laws have made it harder to vote — particularly for certain groups.
Tribes unite to combat new North Dakota voter ID law
Tribes unite to combat new North Dakota voter ID law
After an eleventh-hour decision that could disqualify many Native American voters, tribal governments find their own solutions.
Dispatch from Blockadia
Dispatch from Blockadia
Where enviros are uniting with social justice and tribal rights activists in the Northwest to stop new fossil fuel development.
Highway injustice in Denver’s Latino neighborhoods
Highway injustice in Denver’s Latino neighborhoods
Poor districts have breathed I-70’s pollution for decades. Now they’re facing its expansion.
Colorado, other Western states support Syrian refugee program
Colorado, other Western states support Syrian refugee program
Governors choose sides on Obama's Syrian resettlement program.
Ranch Diaries: What life’s like as a female rancher
Ranch Diaries: What life’s like as a female rancher
Some ranchers still say women ruin horses and a rancher and his wife can be paid at two-for-the-price-of-one.
Photos: Tracing poverty in the West
Photos: Tracing poverty in the West
Over 11.5 million people live in poverty in Western states; here are intimate portraits of their communities.
In Wyoming, the future of Native health depends on kids
In Wyoming, the future of Native health depends on kids
Infant mortality among Wyoming’s Native population is more than double that of the state's white population.
Drilling proposed in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine
Drilling proposed in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine
Tribes and former federal officials fight to cancel energy leases on sacred land.
The self in perpetual motion
The self in perpetual motion
A review of "Spirit Bird: Stories" by Kent Nelson.
Can the pope bridge the climate divide?
Can the pope bridge the climate divide?
Catholics in the West are responding to his call. Will Congress?
Utah's Supreme Court delivers a victory for immigrant rights
Utah's Supreme Court delivers a victory for immigrant rights
Tens of thousands are deported each year for accepting plea deals. Now they will have a new way to fight back.
No direction home
No direction home
Nearly a year after San Jose shut down the Bay Area’s biggest homeless encampment, hundreds still live along city creeks. What went wrong?
Washington state sues feds over worker safety at Hanford
Washington state sues feds over worker safety at Hanford
A watchdog group also filed, citing 'toxic roulette' for workers at the former nuclear facility.
An interview with the first African-American president of the Sierra Club
An interview with the first African-American president of the Sierra Club
Aaron Mair hopes to shift the club’s mission toward policies that better include the needs and values of minorities.
Many still living in FEMA’s toxic trailers, investigation finds
Many still living in FEMA’s toxic trailers, investigation finds
From oil fields to reservations, post-Katrina trailers have spread far and wide.
Fatal shooting in Wyoming raises questions about racism
Fatal shooting in Wyoming raises questions about racism
Were two tribal members the victims of a hate crime?
It’s time to end Custer worship
It’s time to end Custer worship
A Montanan faces up to the West's own history of racism.
Living the dream, on overtime
Living the dream, on overtime
Why the outdoor industry opposes a federal minimum wage.
How crowded are private prisons in the West?
How crowded are private prisons in the West?
A riot in Arizona puts the spotlight on for-profit incarceration.
Sightseeing at an open pit mine in Arizona copper country
Sightseeing at an open pit mine in Arizona copper country
The mines are still in business, yet towns that once flourished are now mostly gone.
California state parks' blueprint for a more diverse future
California state parks' blueprint for a more diverse future
Plans to overhaul park system, appeal to communities of color.
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