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(Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)  A view of the sandstone cliffs near the Buckhorn Wash area of the San Rafael Swell.

Navajo Nation Council in favor of protecting more of Utah’s public lands as federal wilderness

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | November 28, 2021, 9:03 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Lights shines from within a home at the break of dawn on the Navajo Nation, June 23, 2020. How much of the traditional Thanksgiving story gets taught is up to local teachers and schools.

‘I never taught the colonized version of Thanksgiving,’ says former Utah teacher

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | November 24, 2021, 6:48 p.m.

(Denae Shanidiin | Restoring Ancestral Winds) Utah's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Taskforce hosts one of its first listening sessions with community members in San Juan County on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Utah Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women task force hears about jurisdiction issues in first meeting

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | November 26, 2021, 7:01 p.m.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) A new treatment center for monoclonal antibodies is shown to media, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 in Murray. The Utah Department of Health, which will operate the facility, will use the treatment for those sick with COVID-19 and provide infusions for up to 50 patients per day.

Department of Defense helps staff new St. George monoclonal antibody treatment site

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | November 11, 2021, 10:02 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)  Legislators follow along on their laptops as they get instructions on how to use the mapping software for redistricting during a tutorial, on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021.

Princeton Gerrymandering Project says Legislative Redistricting maps ‘violate the traditional principles of keeping counties whole’

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | November 8, 2021, 11:58 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mornings in Springdale, just outside the entrance to Zion National Park are a flurry of activity as hikers rush to board city shuttles to take them into the park, Sept. 26, 2021. Springdale, population 529, sees about 16,000 tourists a day.

Kane County votes down plan to create shuttle from Kanab to Zion

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | November 4, 2021, 5:52 p.m.

(Alastair Lee Bitsóí | Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Clean Cities is trying to get more communities to adopt electric vehicles to cut their emission, according to Tammie Bostick, its executive director.

Electric buses route will ease traffic in Zion’s cramped Mount Carmel Tunnel

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | November 2, 2021, 2:49 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of the National Park Service) A ranger looks at a sandstone wall with blue spray paint graffiti at Zion National Park. In 2020, the park saw an uptick in graffiti, forcing park leaders to make a plea on social media for visitors to not leave their ÒmarkÓ and to report any information about those whoÕve damaged park resources and facilities.

How to visit Utah’s public lands without loving them to death

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | October 29, 2021, 5:44 p.m.

(Zion National Park Forever Project) Community members and Zion National Park officials gather to celebrate the opening of a new bike trail on the east side of the park on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.

New mountain bike trail in Zion National Park part of plan to spread out impact of crowds

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | October 28, 2021, 7:08 p.m.

FILE - This March 23, 2012, file photo, shows pipes extending into Lake Mead well above the high water mark near Boulder City, Nev. Six states in the U.S. West that rely on the Colorado River to sustain cities and farms rebuked a plan to build an underground pipeline that would transport billions of gallons of water through the desert to southwest Utah. In a joint letter Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, water officials from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming urged the U.S. government to halt the approval process for the project, which would bring water 140 miles (225 km) from Lake Powell in northern Arizona to the growing area surrounding St. George, Utah. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

St. George not the reason for water shortages on Colorado River, Mitt Romney says

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | Brian Maffly | October 26, 2021, 6:37 p.m.

(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Yolanda Francisco-Nez, Executive Director, Restoring Ancestral Winds, speaks about "Missing and Murdered Indigenous People in Utah" during a workshop at the Salt Lake City Library Auditorium, Monday, July 22, 2019.

Survivors see a link between Indigenous boarding schools’ harsh discipline and later domestic violence

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | October 25, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune Men, women and children from Native American tribes throughout the West show their regalia during the Grand Entry at the 41st Annual Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah Restoration Gathering, Aug. 13, 2021 in Cedar City, Utah.

Lawmakers considering bill that would let Indigenous students wear Native regalia to graduation

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | October 21, 2021, 12:47 a.m.

(Alastair Lee Bitsóí | The Salt Lake Tribune) Protesters march to close the White Mesa Mill on October 9, 2021.

Residents hold spiritual walk against the White Mesa Uranium Mill

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | October 25, 2021, 10:33 p.m.

(Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Carl Moore, chairperson for Peaceful Advocates for Native Dialogue and Organizing Support, listens as the Salt Lake City Council unanimously votes in favor of making the second Monday of October Indigenous Peoples Day during their regular Council Meeting in Salt Lake City Tuesday October 3, 2017.  The Utah League of Native American Voters has worked with Council member Charlie Luke (District 6) to bring this resolution to a vote. If successful, Salt Lake City will join 26 other cities across the country in adopting Indigenous Peoples Day. Replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day is an important step towards historical truth and cultural reconciliation in this country.

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, native Utahns call for recognition

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | October 11, 2021, 12:07 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)  Zion National Park hikers hoping to beat the crowds on park trails wait their tun in line to catch a free shuttle at first light. Every bus leaving the Zion Canyon Visitor's Center in the morning is filled to capacity, carrying some 60 people in each car of the two-car shuttle. "This is nothing," said shuttle host Celeste Fuentes about the endless rows of hikers. "Sometimes it's all the way to the parking lot."

A rise in tourism comes with headaches for officials at Zion National Park

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | October 11, 2021, 7:40 p.m.

(Kevin McGill | AP) Rosa Soto Alvarez, of Tucson, holds a flag of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe as she and other Native Americans stand outside the federal appeals court in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was hearing arguments on the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act, which gives Native American families preference in adoption proceedings involving Native American children. Alvarez is a supporter of the law.

Lawmakers prep bill to protect Indigenous children in Utah’s child welfare system

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | October 10, 2021, 11:38 p.m.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) In this May 5, 2015, photo, hikers walk on the Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion National Park.

Rescue season in Zion ‘one for the record books’

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | October 5, 2021, 1:54 a.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The 150 acre Panguitch Research Farm is the former location of the Panguitch  Boarding School for mostly the Kaibab and Shivwitz bands of the Paiute Indian Tribe that operated from 1904 to 1909. In 1909, the property once owned by the U. S. government was transferred to the state of Utah where the land was used for experimental high-altitude farming. Today, it sits mostly vacant, except for the dilapidated lone brick building that dates back to the 1900's.

Interior calls for tribal input as it prepares report on Indigenous boarding schools

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | October 1, 2021, 11:45 p.m.

(Panguitch Utah History) Pictured are the students at the boarding school for Native Americans just north of Panguitch, Utah, that ran from 1904 to about 1909.

As Utah begins to uncover its Indigenous school history, survivors use Orange Shirt Day to remember

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | September 30, 2021, 4:09 p.m.

(Dave Showalter) The director of Utah Diné Bikéyah Traditional Foods Program, Cynthia Wilson (Diné), holds potatoes that have grown in Utah for more than 11,000 years.

11,000-year-old solution to modern problem: Ancient potato could thrive in changing climate

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | September 28, 2021, 2:45 p.m.

(Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)
Danny Gonzalez, 6, plays outside of his home in Westwater on Thursday, August 19, 2010. The Navajo residents of Westwater live without running water, plumbing, sewage disposal or electricity.

After decades without basic infrastructure, Navajo community asks for access to running water, electricity – again

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | September 25, 2021, 2:25 p.m.

(Jacob James | Special to The Tribune) Niagara Rockbridge of Piñon, Ariz., was coronated as Miss Navajo Nation for 2021-2022 at a pageant at Window Rock, Ariz., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.

Newly crowned Miss Navajo Nation ‘thrilled’ and ‘humbled’ to become ambassador for her community

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | September 19, 2021, 1:18 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune via AP) This photo, taken Sept. 13, 2017, shows Mesa Farms owner Randy Ramsley separating curds and whey into molds to drain and age into raw tomme or semi-hard alpine cheese. Ramsley sells a variety of goat milk cheese and yogurt at his farm's storefront on Highway 24, east of Capitol Reef, Utah, and at Tony Caputo's in Salt Lake City.

Culinary community helps cheese farm that lost goats in Hanksville floods

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | September 15, 2021, 4:41 p.m.

(Cinder Player | Special to The Tribune) The southern Utah towns of Cedar City, Enoch, and Hanksville have been hit with at least six-foot flood waters, and community members there still feel the impacts of these floods days after experiencing these local disasters.

Flooded Utah towns going without federal relief

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | September 9, 2021, 4:11 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The 150-acre Panguitch Research Farm is the former location of the Panguitch Boarding School for mostly the Kaibab and Shivwitz bands of the Paiute Indian Tribe that operated from 1904 to 1909.

Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah asks for space to grieve over bodies of children likely buried at site of former Indigenous boarding school

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí | Courtney Tanner | September 3, 2021, 11:11 p.m.