Ash Ponders in the New York Times for Slur Place Names

660 U.S. Place Names Include a Slur for Native Women. Change Is Coming.

There are more than 660 places in the US federal database of place names that use a slur for Native women as part or whole of their name. The US Interior intends to change this rapidly.

I wrote a python script to help me find a route among the 12 closest such places and made a plan to visit them all. But then the editors saw some of my early photos and told me I already got what they wanted. haha.

Ash Ponders in Audubon for Big Bend

The Grand Dream of an International Park With Mexico Meets a Complicated Reality: A land Beyond Borders

This was a massive undertaking. Weeks of research and planning on my part and that of Francisco Cantú. Days of travel and hiking and patience and interviews. We accomplished nearly all of our goals, I was quite happy when I got home to review the images. The magazine ended up running a bunch of images, which was thrilling, and when the website version came out, there were even more. Awesome. Great way to end the year.

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