Posted in 2020 Census High Country News Jails News Prisons

When “usual residence” is a prison

Census method of counting prisoners distorts demographics. by Jonathan Thompson, High Country News If a demographer were to draw up a profile of eastern Colorado’s Crowley County using the most recent census data, it would appear…

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Posted in Data security First Peoples News Health High Country News

Indigenous data sovereignty shakes up research

In the COVID-19 era, tribal nations want research in service of their people. by Kalen Goodluck, High Country News Thursday, October 8 As U.S. government scientists work to understand how COVID-19 affects the human body, tribal…

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Posted in High Country News News

How residents in Munds Park rallied to get their post office back

In rural Arizona, the postal service is a literal lifeline. Jessica Kutz, High Country News Friday, October 2 On an otherwise typical summer day, rumors started spreading in the small rural mountain community of Munds Park…

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Posted in Coronavirus First Nations First Peoples News High Country News Interview Navajo

The erasure of Indigenous People in U.S. COVID-19 data

‘The United States had no idea what was going on in Indian Country. They have no idea.’ by Kalen Goodluck, High Country News Monday, August 31 Indigenous peoples are bearing the brunt of COVID-19 infections. But…

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Members of the Patriot militia movement watched the March for our Rights 3 in Olympia, Washington, in June. Jason Redmond / HCN
Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter High Country News

Patriot militia groups mobilize during a deadly pandemic and massive protests

‘That has a real chilling effect on democratic practice.’ Anna V. Smith, High Country News July 27, 2020 In the first weeks of June, as protests against police brutality spread across the country, a group of…

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During the summer of 2018, wildfire smoke settles over the North Beacon Hill neighborhood in Seattle, Washington. This year, Seattle officials worry about the effects that smoke could have on residents, and how to safely protect them from both smoke and COVID-19. Matt M. McKnight/Crosscut.com
Posted in Coronavirus High Country News News

COVID-19 is complicating Seattle’s response to wildfire smoke

What happens when one public health threat compounds the risks of another? by Jane C. Hu, High Country News Friday, July 24 Before the pandemic, the Rainier Beach Community Center served as a cornerstone of South…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Colorado Plateau Colorado River High Country News Interview The West Water

‘This system cannot be sustained’ This year, tribal nations enter negotiations over Colorado River water.

By Anna V. Smith/ High Country News March 10, 2020 The Colorado River Basin is the setting for some of the most drawn-out and complex water issues in the Western U.S. In 2019, the Colorado River…

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