Thursday, September 2, 2010
This week public radio show "To the Best of Our Knowledge" has a really interesting episode on National Parks. The first segment is about the role "Buffalo Soldiers" played in managing national parks in the early 20th century - and why many African-Americans consciously avoid national parks, even today.
There's also an interesting interview with Mark Dowie, author of Conservation Refugees, a book about how land conservation and the creation of wilderness areas has been very much at the expense of indigenous peoples - and how some conservationists and indigenous organizations are working hard to change that.
Jamie Baker Roskie