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Oil Pipeline from Hell

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 05.03.2016 | Home
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Obama's turning down the pipeline in November 2015 was no more than a blip, a "small victory," in a protracted future war. This meant a future "with far fewer fossil fuels."

The Ups and Downs of Religion

Martin Marty | Posted 01.28.2017 | Religion
Martin Marty

Recruit young church people to do what "my" denomination sloganizes as "God's Work -- Our Hands" and you will find good prospecting in many places where change and hardship, but not death, reign.

A Portrait of the Plains: Documenting A Changing Landscape

Robin Walter | Posted 11.23.2016 | Green
Robin Walter

Fourchette Creek by Robin Walter Morning light spills through grass thick with dew, small whorls of dust rise from hooves ...

A Hidden Gem In Indianapolis, Indiana: The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 10.22.2016 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I'm a big museum person and was delighted to hear that there was a museum dedicated to Native Americans - their culture and art - on the western edge of downtown Indianapolis, in White River State Park.

Step Aside, San Francisco: "SF" Now Stands for Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Anneli Rufus | Posted 08.27.2016 | Travel
Anneli Rufus

All those things that everyone loves about the famous, jaded, sea-beaten SF (and more!) can also be found in a fresh, friendly, affordable Midwestern SF: Sioux Falls, South Dakota. One's hilly. One's flat. Both are beautiful. And you'll never believe how much they have in common.

Ferret Camp

Robin Walter | Posted 05.17.2015 | Green
Robin Walter

Black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes), Photo credit: Randy Matchett When senior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Randy Matchett invited me t...

The Art of Slow Moving: A Journey Through America's Grasslands on Horseback

Robin Walter | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green
Robin Walter

July 26, 2014 About two weeks have passed since four horses, a white mule named Pearl, Winnie the dog, Sebastian Tsocanos and I were dropped off in...

Saving The Least Protected Habitat On Earth

Mark Tercek | Posted 04.06.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

It's possible for people and wildlife to thrive side by side on the plains. The key is to work collaboratively with everyone who has a stake in this precious resource, from ranchers to nomadic herdsmen, from energy companies to government policy-makers.

A Horseback Account of America's Vanishing Prairie

Robin Walter | Posted 03.17.2015 | Green
Robin Walter

I peered through my mule's ears at a copper-coated bison squaring off with me in a remote corner of Northeastern Montana, and shortened my reins. Two weeks into a 3-month expedition to document the changing Great Plains landscape, this was our first bison.

Kate Sheppard

Tribes In Three States Ask Obama Administration To Reject Keystone XL | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An association representing 16 American Indian tribes in three states along the Keystone XL pipeline route sent a letter to President Ba...

Artistry of Plains Indians, in Full View With Groundbreaking New Exhibit

Lisa Singh | Posted 02.18.2015 | Arts
Lisa Singh

This month Colorado marked a dark chapter on a stretch of windswept prairie: the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre.

Saving the Last Wild Bison

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 01.12.2015 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

This week, 139 healthy, genetically pure, wild bison will reclaim a small part of their historic home on the Great Plains when they arrive at the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Northeast Montana on Nov. 13.

Oil's New Manifest Destiny Stalks the Great Plains of North Dakota

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

The maps. It was initially all about the maps. But it is geography that unites and divides.

Three Strikes You're out in the Old... Great... Plains!

Steve Zack | Posted 10.01.2013 | Green
Steve Zack

It is clearly a Tragedy of the Commons, as ranchers who may own the land but not the minerals beneath, have widely sold access rights to oil companies. The tragedy in question is the complete development of the resource and the consequent loss of any big open landscapes.

Great American Day Hikes

The Active Times | Posted 07.11.2013 | Travel
The Active Times

At its best, a day hike gets straight to the essence of the place. t takes you inside the canyon, beneath the waterfall and delivers you straight to the wildflower-strewn clearing at the mountain's peak.

Dakota 38: Don't Miss This Seasonal Film of Reconciliation and Hope

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 01.27.2013 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Your dream was not a lonely nightmare, but a window into history -- the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln ordered the largest execution in United States history -- the hanging of 38 Dakota (Sioux) men.

PHOTOS: In Nebraska, An Evening Under The Stars

CarsTravelFood | Posted 06.22.2012 | Travel

If you're already in Nebraska for the annual Sandhill Crane migration or if you simply appreciate wildlife in America and are looking for some place to go for a nice road trip, another interesting only-in-Nebraska event is that it's prairie chicken mating season.

Midwest A Victim Of 'Rural Brain Drain'

Matt Vasilogambros | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Matt Vasilogambros

Small towns across the country are dying off, and college students are partly to blame.

Weather at Its Worst: The Schoolhouse Blizzard

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kate Kelly

New York is now on record for 2011 having been the snowiest January, and as we all talk and text and blog about the annoyances of the snow, it is worth taking a look back at other times and other storms.

On the Plains They Sure Don't Call the Wind Mariah

Tim Giago | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tim Giago

Out on the Great Plains the locals have many other names for the wind. In fact, many of the really choice names for the howling winds begin with the letter "F."

11 Rocky Mountain Species That Have Become Endangered This Decade (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The decade's end provides a time for taking stock of the world around us, including all creatures great and small. With the help of WildEarth Guardia...

Is Wind Power A Catch-22 For Wildlife? | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Earlier this week a new journal article was released that calculated the amount of land needed for energy production under various future energy and c...