Thousands of people have gathered at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, trying to stop construction of a massive oil pipeline. The Dakota Access Pipeline would carry 500,000 barrels of oil a day from North Dakota to Illinois. "Water Protectors" are concerned it will destroy sacred tribal land and contaminate drinking water. This weekend, they were subjected to water cannons at the hands of police. Dr. Michael Lerma is a professor of Native American politics at Northern Arizona University.
Long before Europeans arrived in the Western Hemisphere, turquoise was an exceptionally prized stone—used in jewelry and masks, for example. But the blue-green mineral doesn’t occur naturally in many of the same places where such artifacts have been found in the Southwest.
More than 170 different kinds of bees are pollinating plants in Arizona’s high elevation forests. Flagstaff ecologist Lindsie McCabe wants to know what will happen to them as global temperatures warm. She’s conducting experiments with bees on the San Francisco Peaks, simulating the impact of climate change on native pollinators.
“Few countries in the world present so marvelous a variety of scenic features as Arizona,” wrote author George Wharton James almost a century ago. “What a wonderland of wild cactus growth, of solitude, of mystery, (and) of silence it is!”