For nearly twenty years, Rebecca Clarren has been writing about tribal members, rural communities, immigrants, and the environment for a variety of national magazines.
Here is an assortment of her work.
When Indigenous women are harassed at work, gaps in tribal law can leave them in a precarious gray area.
Once considered illegitimate, Native American peacemaking courts offer a model for criminal-justice reform.
Punitive discipline, inadequate curriculum, and declining federal funding created an education crisis.
Native Americans say the law protects their children. The Goldwater Institute claims it does the opposite.
Each year logging companies drop thousands of pounds of herbicides onto Oregon forests; sometimes, the people living nearby get sprayed and sick.
A broken system leaves immigrant workers invisible - and in danger. Reprinted in Utne Reader.
*winner of the 2010 Hillman Prize for Magazine Writing
When civilization coughs up its final death rattle, one of the last bastions of mankind’s survival will lie near Corvallis behind a modest sign touting a simple mantra: “Preserving plant genetic resources for all time.”
“It’s absolutely shocking what’s going on,” say insiders. Secretive changes have diluted science and jeopardized public health.
*Winner of Salon.com’s Best Story of the Year
Fresno County growers apply pesticides an average of 273,000 times per year; they don’t always stay in the fields for which they’re intended; they may lace the air and drift throughout town onto, say, the playground or people’s homes.
A gas-extraction process called “fracking” may be releasing a carcinogenic stew of chemicals. Dozens of people say it has made them seriously ill, but the EPA refuses to investigate — a failure one of its own engineers calls “irrational and corrupt.”
That’s what some women farmworkers call the fields and orchards in which they face persistent sexual assaults. As if backbreaking work, low wages and pesticide poisoning weren’t enough.
In the Arctic, where flowers are madly blooming, trees are growing to mutant sizes and the snowpack is thinning, researchers are getting an incontrovertible view of global warming.
There are times during the year, he says, when the sky turns black as the sun disappears behind waves of birds that roll overhead. But this fall, when over 1.5 million birds return on their southern migration, the waterfowl had best make reservations at a Holiday Inn.
*winner of an honorable mention from the 2002 John B Oakes award