Welcome to the Bill Lane Center for the American West

Dedicated to advancing scholarly and public understanding of the past, present, and future of western North America, the Center supports research, teaching, and reporting about western land and life

Lane Center student researchers investigate salient challenges facing the West

In 2022, we’re pleased to welcome 16 RAs into the Lane Center family, with projects addressing climate change, water conservation, the energy transition, tribal justice, tourism, and more.

Bruce Cain and Iris Hui sitting side by side

Bill Lane Center Director Bruce Cain with Senior Researcher Iris Hui

Remembering Iris Hui

We mourn the loss of our beloved colleague, mentor and friend, Iris Hui.

From left to right, Hope Eccles, Eve Lilley, and Bill Lilley

From left to right, Hope Eccles, Eve Lilley, and Bill Lilley

Remembering Bill Lilley

The Lane Center remembers Bill Lilley, a charter member of our Advisory Council, whose commitment, generosity and creativity represented unparalleled contributions to the Council’s work and the Center

wildfire smoke over the Golden Gate Bridge

Image credit: Christopher Michel

Practical tips to mitigate harm from wildfire smoke

Lane Center researchers and partners offer tips for staying safe from the smoke during wildfire season.

Native American land return movement makes gains, faces obstacles

The latest piece in our online magazine looks at the movement to restore ancestral lands to Tribes. Much of the return has come thanks to a massive class-action lawsuit that forced the federal government's hand.

Julia Simon and Janet Wilson headshots

Julia Simon (left) and Janet Wilson, 2022-2023 Western Media Fellows

Announcing our 2022-2023 Western Media Fellows

The Bill Lane Center has selected Janet Wilson and Julia Simon as recipients of this year's Western Media Fellowship, which provides support for journalists illuminating critical issues about the American West.

The Lane Center welcomes a new education manager

Corinne Thomas joined the Bill Lane Center in September as our new education manager. Students, come by Y2E2 to meet Corinne and learn more about our student programs!

Robust student research on the American West is well underway at the Lane Center

The Lane Center is proud to subsidize a number of research assistantships for students eager to explore their passions and produce contemporary scholarship about the Western region. 

report cover for the Future of Federalism and Foreign Policy paper

New research from the Bill Lane Center explores the future of federalism and foreign policy in California

With a grant from California 100, the Bill Lane Center identified key challenges of California’s intergovernmental relations, and offered solutions that ensure resilience and reliability of the state’s invaluable natural resources.

mountains and a small town, Pocatello, Idaho

Pocatello, Idaho, site of the 2022 Rural West Conference. Photo by Kate Gibson.

Highlights from the 2022 Eccles Family Rural West Conference

In Pocatello, Idaho, scholars and practitioners explored solutions to climate and economic challenges in the rural West.

hikers pose for a photo on the beach with blue sky in the background

Friends of the Bill Lane Center hike from Stanford to the Sea

On Saturday, April 30, 2022, the Lane Center brought back its Stanford to the Sea hike, taking a group on a 22-mile trek from Jasper Ridge to Gregorio State Beach. 

Recent News

The “poster child” for dispossession The Lakota Sioux were given control of land including Mount Rushmore, above, in an 1868 treaty, but lost it after gold was discovered in the South Dakota’s Black Hills.
Climate change exacerbates the likelihood of megastorms and ensuing floods; Washington’s new building codes mandate heat pumps; California incentivizes batteries for residential solar generation; federal court vacates a ruling on the controversial introduction of an Alaskan road; a toad and a tribe interrupt a renewable power plant’s construction; and more environmental news from the West.

Julia Simon (left) and Janet Wilson, 2022-2023 Western Media Fellows

The Bill Lane Center announces recipients of the 2022-2023 Western Media Fellowship, which provides support for journalists illuminating critical issues about the American West.

Upcoming Events

July
23
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Sun July 23rd 2023 - Fri July 28th 2023, All day
The LGSI summer program offers city managers, county executives, regional directors, and other senior local government officials tools for improving…