Saved from Stalemate and Antagonism

March 16, 2018

Fellow Coloradans, why are so many of you sinking so deep into truancy and never showing up in my class? I do not want to threaten, but if this situation does not improve, you are unlikely to receive a passing grade.

Am I Doing Everything I Can to Protect My Students?

Feb. 23, 2018

In some arenas of life, I am getting better traction.

A Course Correction Based on Historical Mistakes

Jan. 19, 2018

Ordinarily, if a person who is 66 years old declares that she can tell you what young people today are thinking, escaping that person’s company is your obvious course of action.

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

Dec. 20, 2017

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?

From state historian to talking head

Dec. 15, 2017

When I became the Official Colorado State Historian, I came into possession of a breathtaking portfolio of powers.

Good books stoke youthful visions, perspectives

Dec. 9, 2017

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.

With monument reductions, Trump enflames century-old debate

Dec. 4, 2017

President Trump unleashed the latest salvo Monday in a long-running battle over how America’s public lands should be treated.

Rocky Mountain National Park to expand its Native American representation

Nov. 24, 2017

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.

‘Little House on the Prairie’ and the Truth About the American West

Nov. 20, 2017

Stretched past its capacity by the tumultuous migrations and movements of the 19th century, that orderly term “westward expansion” is ready for a break.

National park may broaden exhibits about tribal nations

Nov. 16, 2017

Rocky Mountain National Park may be getting a historical makeover, one that will deepen and expand the way park rangers and interpretative exhibits share information about Native Americans who have connections to the region.