The Gallatin Institute develops thoughtful foundations for constructive policy reform. With support from the Ford Foundation and others, Gallatin hosts working conferences and seminars and provides modest support for writers to produce popular and scholarly articles and books. Its varied ideas and proposals respectfully recognize differing cultures and traditions of the old while articulating a vision for a new West. When a group of writers met some years back, they envisioned a West moving away from federal dependency, factious division, and unsustainable land use. The Gallatin Institute emerged as one vehicle for ushering in a new West. Its aim is not to provide 3the answer2 for the New West. Rather, Gallatin promotes an ecumenical, constructive dialogue among leaders of rural communities, Western writers, and policy analysts. Gallatin recognizes that the West must determine its own identity, its own future.