Dinosaur National Monument and the Ironies of Resource Extraction

In 2017 and 2018, headlines reading, “Protect our Public Lands,” have become a common sight. The Trump Administration’s goal to increase domestic energy production in America has resulted in renewed pressures to extract natural resources on public lands. The case of Dinosaur National Monument in particular illustrates the need to keep fighting the same battles […]

Bears Ears and History

Introduction In southern Utah, two bear’s ears poke out from the face of the earth. Shash Jáa,[1] as the Navajos call the buttes, graces the horizon from all directions.  Beneath their splendor lie cliff dwellings, rock art, and ceremonial sites, the material vestiges of many stories.[2] It is, as the five-tribe Bears Ears Inter-tribal Council […]

Up in Smoke: National Park Service Gate Fees Diverted to Fund Trump “Salute to America”

Trump ‘Salute to America’ Funded with National Park Gate Fees Recently, the Washington Post reported that funding the Trump Administration’s Salute to America on the National Mall on July 4, 2019, involved the diversion of $2.5 million in funds derived from the National Park Service’s (NPS) park fees to fund a more elaborate celebration, including […]

Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act On Friday September 25, 2019 Colorado and 16 other states sued Republican president Trump’s administration. They were attempting to block pushbacks to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Today the ESA is politically controversial. However, in 1973, Republican president, Richard Nixon, signed the law with bipartisan support.[1] Throughout the 1970s, bipartisan support […]

Border Wall at Organ Pipe Threatens an Oasis with a Long, Diverse History

This blog post is a re-post of Dr. Jared Orsi’s article about the Organ Pipe National Monument in The Conversation from December 4, 2019.  To view the original article, click here. Organ Pipe National Monument A few hundred yards from the Mexican border in southern Arizona lies a quiet pond, about the size of two football […]

Conserving the Final Frontier: Antarctica as a Case Study for Conservation

From Antarctica to the Moon In episode 114 of the NASA podcast “Houston, We Have a Podcast” airing on October 18, 2019, Samuel Lawrence, a scientist in charge of lunar exploration, says that NASA is considering the idea of establishing an outpost on the moon.  What was once the realm of science fiction may soon […]

Indigenizing Alcatraz: A Longer Look at Native History and Alcatraz Island at the 50th Anniversary of the Indians of All Tribes Occupation

An Introduction to Alcatraz What would it look like if we tried to teach the history of the Civil Rights Movement without Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? This was the question Dr. Kent Blansett raised at his recent presentation, “Think Indigenous,” on the Red Power Movement at the Public Lands History Center’s American West Program […]