Source: gin+gelato/Jonathan P Thompson
Photos of badlands and oil drilling operations near the Black Place, by Jonathan Thompson/gin+gelato
Drill rigs pop up near Navajo communities, Chaco Canyon and the iconic Black Place, immortalized by Georgia O’Keeffe in several of her best paintings.
I heard that oil drilling rigs were getting close to Georgia O’Keeffe’s Black Place. Before that, I never knew exactly where the place was. Now I do, so I went there, and sat on a dune, and listened to the wail of the highway and the fracking operation nearby. Then I wrote about it.
Photo by Jonathan P Thompson/gin+gelato
Even the most rural county law enforcement agencies are stocking up on battlefield-tested gear that has come home from Iraq or Afghanistan, and that the Department of Defense distributes at little or no cost. Even Goshen County, Wyoming, population 13,000 got two grenade launchers. Other counties stocked up on M16 and M14 assault rifles, body armor and even MRAPs, or Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles.
I wrote about the increased militarization of cops for High Country News (which has a fabulous new website, by the way!)
Photos: Heavily armed riot cops were at the ready at the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008. Jonathan Thompson/gin+gelato photos.
Predatory lenders, who hand out short term loans with exorbitant interest rates and fees, are making big bucks off of Indian Country and damaging economic development efforts in the process. Now, some tribes are getting in on the game. Pictured are just a few of the dozens of payday-type lenders in Farmington, New Mexico, a town on the border of the Navajo Nation. I wrote about predatory lending in Indian Country here: http://www.hcn.org/issues/46.11/a-pimp-in-the-family
Photos by Jonathan P. Thompson/gin+gelato