Taos Pueblo won back its sacred lake after long battle
It's rare for Indigenous tribes to have their land returned, but it is possible. The story of one Pueblo in New Mexico shows how difficult and how meaningful it is for Native communities to get back their land.
A-dae Romero-Briones, a member of the Cochiti Pueblo, explains the connection of land and food, how her community lived through the creation of the faulty Cochiti Dam, and how the current pandemic has brought full-circle the necessity of living off the land.
Citizen scientists played a significant role in field research as the pandemic lockdown put a strain on scientific resources. From rain totals to data on plant and animal life, ‘backyard observers’ lent eyes and ears to projects.
Mom’s example, community support set this coach on path
When she was 16, Jamie Lindstrom’s mother died. The people of Hudson, Wis., rallied to support her and her family, which helped shape her determination to help young people. She talks about the pivotal moments that led her to coaching and social work.
Coffee shop owner brews sense of belonging in Mankato
After ‘escaping’ to the Twin Cities for a few years, Melby-Kelley came home to open a safe space for LGTBQ people and a welcoming place for all. 'I want people to feel good about who they are the second they walk in the door.’
To end biases, get educated about a people's culture
Audrey Thayer, White Earth Ojibwe, reflects on the conflicts and tensions that run through rural towns like Bemidji in northern Minnesota. She is working with Native people and non-Natives to change that dynamic.
The woman behind the ‘Lilith Fair’ of Fargo, North Dakota
It took moving to Fargo, North Dakota, for Deb Jenkins to claim her identity as a musician. For the past 24 years, she’s helped other women to do the same through the Celebration of Women and Their Music Festival.
Retired railroad worker: Freight lines are here to stay
The network, encompassing 140,000 miles and hundreds of rail lines, is projected to lose jobs over this decade. But the industry remains an essential part of the U.S. economy, with 40% of the nation’s freight moved by rail.
Rail freight system is vital link in goods-to-consumer chain
Though the railroad industry has declined since its pre-WWII peak, industry experts forecast a 30% increase in freight shipments over the next two decades, which could pay dividends for rural economies.
Nearly a century ago, passenger trains powered the economy of many rural communities, creating jobs up and down the line. After rail traffic declined, as cars and freight trucks took to the highways, some depots — and towns — were left at the station.
Old missile silos are doomsday shelters for ultra-rich
Originally built as part of the United States' Cold War defenses, these decommissioned military facilities have been transformed into high-end living spaces to weather just about anything the world could throw at a home.
Vermont business owners: ‘One winter can’t kill us’
Despite travel restrictions, tourists are flocking to Vermont. Business owners like Eliza Greene and Justin Hyjek face a tough decision: close to keep the community safe, or open their doors to tourists the community depends on.
Tourism-dependent Gunnison County, Colo., barred outsiders from visiting for nearly two months in the spring of 2020 in hopes of stopping the Covid spread. By September 2020, area hotels reported record bookings.