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Vibrant Voices Vibrant Voices

Friday, May 24, 2024 | Kiiyahno Edgewater

Vibrant Voices

The past, present and future of representing diversity on campus.
The Hidden Cost The Hidden Cost

Friday, May 24, 2024 | Story by: Matthew Claeson and Zara Tucker

The Hidden Cost

Investigating Meal Swipes and the New Food Provider at Fort Lewis College

The Coming Storm
The Coming Storm

Friday, May 24, 2024
Scout Edmondson

The Coming Storm

Lessons learned from the ‘22/‘23 winter and what could come with the looming El Niño.
Crying Wolf
Crying Wolf

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Scout Edmondson

Crying Wolf

Colorado's wolf reintroduction has become so emotional, so political, that it's no longer even about the wolves. 

Bones from the Bisti Badlands
Bones from the Bisti Badlands

Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Anja Tabor

Bones from the Bisti Badlands

What it takes to get a dinosaur to Fort Lewis College


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Gerald Shorty: Indigenizing Psychology

By Alx Lee Indy Staff Writer

FLC welcomes Shiprock local who aims to help Indigenous students succeed.

The Counseling Center added a new staff member, Gerald Shorty, assistant director of diversity and Outreach Initiatives, this semester.   Born in Shiprock, Shorty attended Nenahnezad boarding school in his childhood, he said. It was an adjustment coming from that academic setting to Shiprock High School, and later, college.  Shorty focused his studies in criminology at San Juan College then continued onward at the University of New Mexico where he would receive his...

Bound Together by Train

By Mia McCormick

The simple bliss of riding with strangers. 

It’s 9 a.m. on March 27 and there’s a train full of people heading to the halfway point between Durango and Silverton, Cascade Canyon. They may be lovers, friends, family or strangers who each have their own lives in different places, and yet for the next five hours, passengers find themselves at an intersection heading down the same train track.  What connects humans? More specifically, what connects a group of strangers on a random train...

The Bigfoot Question

By Alx Lee Indy Staff Writer

Competing perspectives on the existence of sasquatch within the Navajo Culture

A predominant figure in the Four Corners, with merchandise and tales centered around its mysterious figure behind the brush, Sasquatch not only holds a place in the communities surrounding the region but also the Indigenous tribes spanning across the United States.  Sasquatch, also referred to as Bigfoot, walks the line between cultural beliefs and community phenomenon. This is ever so present in the traditions and tales of the Navajo people.    Yei’iitsoh In...

What’s fueling high gas prices?

By Kealey Meyer Indy Staff Writer

How the conflict in Ukraine is impacting your commute to campus.

In Durango, you can stroll through downtown and find plenty of donation cash jars in businesses, window paintings, and street art in support of Ukraine. If these elements don’t serve as a large enough reminder of the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia, a trip to the gas station might.  The war not only put countless Ukrainian citizens in danger and constant fear but is also revealing unsettling implications to the rest of the world, reaching all across North America as...

The Powwow Returns

By Tiara Yazzie and Cameron Maroney Indy Staff Writers

PHOTO ESSAY: Two years after a pandemic hiatus, Hozhoni Days is back.

With suitcases in hand and braids in place, people of all ages stood in line at the Whalen Gymnasium on April 1, eager to take in the excitement of The Hozhoni Days PowWow at Fort Lewis College after two years of its absence due to the pandemic. ‘Honoring those who never made it home’ was the theme for the 56th annual powwow at FLC,   in regard to the boarding schools where bodies have been found in the last two years in the United States and...

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