Social Justice

A shellfish company gets into the weeds
A shellfish company gets into the weeds
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community shows how eelgrass and aquaculture can coexist in Puget Sound.
Indian Country deserves better than Facebook
Indian Country deserves better than Facebook
Social media has helped undo centuries of colonial disconnection, but Native communities need a much better platform.
Bringing the fight against dams to COP26
Bringing the fight against dams to COP26
Indigenous activists and allies from Oregon to Chile are highlighting how dams harm the climate and Indigenous peoples worldwide.
How a police chief used compassion to combat his community’s drug problem
How a police chief used compassion to combat his community’s drug problem
The approach taken by Gloucester, Massacusetts, might falter in New Mexico, where it’s desperately needed.
Española has tried everything to stop drug overdoses
Española has tried everything to stop drug overdoses
What we can learn from the fight against addiction in a small New Mexico town.
Columbia River ‘shadow tribes’ face a housing crisis
Columbia River ‘shadow tribes’ face a housing crisis
The feds have promised lodging at traditional fish camps — but haven’t delivered.
Congress pushes Park Service harder on the agency’s legacy of harassment
Congress pushes Park Service harder on the agency’s legacy of harassment
Using documents obtained by High Country News, representatives look into discrimination investigation from 2000.
Why an outdoor group’s work is ‘more relevant than ever’
Why an outdoor group’s work is ‘more relevant than ever’
The founder of Outdoor Afro talks about racial violence and why we all need a dose of nature.
Salmon power
Salmon power
A historic legal victory could give Alaska tribes more control over their fish, wildlife and homelands.
The importance of Black Lives Matter in a white rural West
The importance of Black Lives Matter in a white rural West
A Westerner reflects on racial injustice close to home.
Meet Utah’s first transgender candidate for US Senate
Meet Utah’s first transgender candidate for US Senate
Democratic candidate Misty Snow is progressive, transgender and, she says, increasingly representative of Utah.
Diversity in the outdoors, one hashtag at a time
Diversity in the outdoors, one hashtag at a time
A conversation with Teresa Baker, founder of Hike Like a Girl.
How a Utah county silenced Native American voters — and how Navajos are fighting back
How a Utah county silenced Native American voters — and how Navajos are fighting back
A series of lawsuits could help counteract decades of racist practices.
Why the EPA fails to enforce the Civil Rights Act
Why the EPA fails to enforce the Civil Rights Act
Despite a new environmental justice action plan, the EPA has a poor record of protecting communities of color from toxic environments.
Big funds for Native American farmers and ranchers on the way
Big funds for Native American farmers and ranchers on the way
The largest ever philanthropic fund for Indian Country stems from a 1999 class-action lawsuit.
“A history of subversion”: An excerpt from Terry Tempest Williams’ latest book
“A history of subversion”: An excerpt from Terry Tempest Williams’ latest book
“César E. Chávez National Monument” from The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks.
Trial by fire
Trial by fire
Women in the male-dominated world of wildland firefighting still face harassment, abuse and sexism.
Grand Canyon superintendent retires after harassment investigation
Grand Canyon superintendent retires after harassment investigation
Park Service says change in leadership will move agency forward in addressing sexual harassment.
How to remember a century of National Parks, for people of color
What the U.S. can learn from European coal miners’ second act
What the U.S. can learn from European coal miners’ second act
Europe and the U.S. have taken different paths in response to climate concerns and coal declines.
West Coast cities sue Monsanto to pay for chemical cleanup
West Coast cities sue Monsanto to pay for chemical cleanup
Cities take a new tack to fight pollutants: targeting companies who make them.
It’s still dangerous to be gay in Wyoming
It’s still dangerous to be gay in Wyoming
Anti-gay violence in Wyoming is real, and it deserves a real response.
Why doesn’t the West report its lead data?
Why doesn’t the West report its lead data?
Lead poisoning in children is underreported nationwide, and the West’s lack of data is particularly glaring.
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