The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington state are restoring the lands and species of their traditional ecological community after decades of settler-colonialism-fueled destruction. Among the native species being successfully reintroduced are bighorn sheep, salmon, and lynx.
In a series of stories co-published by YES! and BioGraphic, journalist Rico Moore explains how the Indigenous-led recovery has unfolded. Moore, whose work has also been published by High Country News and The Margin, spoke with YES! Senior Editor Sonali Kolhatkar on YES Presents: Rising Up With Sonali about his writings.
Sonali Kolhatkar joined YES! in summer 2021, building on a long and decorated career in broadcast and print journalism. She is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and host and creator of YES! Presents: Rising Up with Sonali, a nationally syndicated television and radio program airing on Free Speech TV and dozens of independent and community radio stations. She is also Senior Correspondent with the Independent Media Institute’s Economy for All project where she writes a weekly column. She is the author of Rising Up: The Power of Narrative in Pursuing Racial Justice (2023) and Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence (2005). Her forthcoming book is called Talking About Abolition (Seven Stories Press, 2025). Sonali is co-director of the nonprofit group, Afghan Women’s Mission which she helped to co-found in 2000. She has a Master’s in Astronomy from the University of Hawai’i, and two undergraduate degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin. Sonali reflects on “My Journey From Astrophysicist to Radio Host” in her 2014 TEDx talk of the same name.