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The Center co-founder Richard White, an American historian, analyzes the United States’ history from 1865 to 1896 and provides a fresh perspective on the time period, which was marked by rising inequality and corruption.
The Mojave Desert water pipeline moves a step closer to reality; water quality troubles for mobile home parks; coal on the rebound? And “goat transplants” in Utah – some of the best recent reads.
Oct 17 2017 | Out West student blog
“This past September,” writes Carson Smith, “I had the opportunity to see my tribe, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, take a step away from the adversarial system in their family courts and instead rely upon a traditional, restorative justice system— the Peacemaking Circle.”
Oct 12 2017 | Center News
“Hell and High Water,” a joint project of The Texas Tribune and ProPublica, has won the 2017 Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism. The award will be presented at Stanford University on Nov. 15.
Oct 10 2017 | Center News
From working at organizations around the West to interdisciplinary courses and research projects on campus, Stanford undergraduates describe the transformative role of the Bill Lane Center for the American West on their academic careers.
Oct 5 2017 | Center News
Together with the author Tom DeMund, The Bill Lane Center for the American West is proud to introduce a unique book about Stanford University.
How wildfires are compromising western reservoirs; powerful California irrigators say ‘no’ to Delta tunnel plan; Montana leads in warming climate; and the end nears for a Mexican porpoise: some of the best recent environmental reads.

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Jun 4 2019 | ... & the West Blog
With new rules coming into effect, farmers and municipalities using groundwater must either find more water to support the aquifers or take cropland out of use. To ease the pain, engineers are looking to harness the torrential storms that sometimes blast across the Pacific Ocean and soak California.
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Western states taking some action after lagging behind in regulating PFAS, a chemical used in waterproofing and linked to two cancers; Permian Basin oil boom has health consequences; California utilities plan blackouts amid wildfire threats; Interior Secretary's Chaco visit pauses energy projects, and more recent environmental reads.
May 28 2019 | ... & the West Blog
Forty percent of food produced for consumption never gets eaten, instead filling landfills and releasing greenhouse gases. With a recent law, California aims to drastically reduce the amount of food that ends up in the ground.