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In this issue, a growing cadre of young Indigenous lawyers is rising to meet legal challenges, old and new. The Yurok Tribe, in Northern California, now has one of its own citizens leading its most important legal battles over the Klamath River and the salmon it carries. Also, a look at water battles across the West and an excerpt from author Craig Childs' new book. https://www.hcn.org/issues/50.10
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In our May 28 issue, two stories peer into the West's turbulent, exploitative, hubris-fueled past. Excerpted from his new book "The River of Lost Souls," Contributing Editor Jonathan Thompson reminds us of the toxic legacy of mining in southwest Colorado and how our collective limited memory continues to impact communities there today. In his series, "Civil Conversations," Wayne Hare explores a tiny corner of Portland, where discriminatory practices against African-Americans persisted until the far-too recent past. Read it here: https://www.hcn.org/issues/50.9
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Read our annual Outdoor & Travel issue (just out today) where we take a hard look at outdoor recreation’s influence — and its costs.
https://www.hcn.org/issues/50.8
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"How did it come to be that, at 10:50 a.m., Cliven Bundy strode out of the courthouse, unhunched, unshackled, in a gray blazer, blue jeans and white cowboy hat — a free man? And what role did the government play in creating an anti-public-lands hero, through its own bungled attempts to take him down?"
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Our April 30 cover story untangles the many threads behind the Bundys’ rebellion, from their faith to more radical Western strains of anti-government ideology. The story also describes how the Department of Justice and Bureau of Land Management bungled their own legal case against the family. Also in this issue, the Fish and Wildlife Service revisits rare species protections, the Interior Department deals with a larger-than-expected budget and a daughter writes an ode to her father and his acequia. Read it here: https://www.hcn.org/issues/50.7
Cover photo by Andy Cullen
Speaking photo by Tony Bynum
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Result of making a harassment complaint at the Department of Interior:
~40% the person I told took no action
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A bipartisan public lands bill! What's it all about?
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Our March 19 issue looks at borders – physical, ecological and otherwise. The feature investigates how a wall would affect the Borderlands region in the U.S. and Mexico, while a correspondent examines how borders around protected public lands in Alaska may be opened to oil and gas exploration. And, finally, an essay ponders the intertidal zone on the Oregon coast, and the thin biological line that divides humans from a tide pool’s ‘primordial soup.’ Read it at https://www.hcn.org/issues/50.5

Photos by Andy Cullen​
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Conflict in the West constantly remakes itself. In our March 5 issue we look at new iterations of those fights: A water battle over rural wells in Washington, Cliven Bundy’s victory rally for Freedom and Property, and the struggle of Navajo Nation residents to prevent more oil and gas exploration in historically important lands. Read it here: https://www.hcn.org/issues/50.4
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In our Feb. 19 issue, the feature explores how melting permafrost in the Arctic will contribute to a changing climate, and how quickly. While that story examines the affect that human-caused climate change is already having, other stories look at one root cause: the proliferation of oil and gas drilling, which, under the Trump administration, is increasingly transferring public lands into industrial leaseholders' hands.
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