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From state historian to talking head

When I became the Official Colorado State Historian, I came into possession of a breathtaking portfolio of powers. Given the malfunctions in the civic sense of humor in 2017, it is important to move fast to correct any misunderstanding: that was a joke. In the nearly two years since Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed me as…

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How The ‘Grand’ Became The ‘Colorado’ And What It Says About Our Relationship To Nature

Pull out a map of the United States’ desert southwest and see if you can locate these rivers: Rio del Tizon, Rio San Rafael, or Rio Zanguananos. How about rivers named Tomichi, Nah-Un-Kah-Rea or Akanaquint? Having some trouble? None of these names are used widely today, but at some point in the last 500 years…

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Good books stoke youthful visions, perspectives

It cannot be argued that it is normal to pretend to be starving on the American prairie. Yet as a child, this is precisely what I did, and perhaps in that I am not alone. Blame those serial troublemakers, the authors of good books. It would usually happen on pancake night, the pancakes representing coarsely…

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With monument reductions, Trump enflames century-old debate

President Trump unleashed the latest salvo Monday in a long-running battle over how America’s public lands should be treated. In a stark contrast to recent presidents who have sought to leave a lasting legacy by creating national monuments, Mr. Trump plans to drastically reduce two of the monuments created by his predecessors. His action –…

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Rocky Mountain National Park to expand its Native American representation

Rocky Mountain National Park is going back to its roots, expanding its representation of Native Americans with the help of indigenous-focused University of Colorado groups and tribal representatives. CU students and faculty from the Center of the American West and the Center for Native American Indigenous Studies met with park officials and tribal representatives in…

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