Michael Leroy Oberg, the author of Native America, is Distinguished Professor of History at SUNY-Geneseo and founder of the Geneseo Center for Local and Municipal History, which he directed from 2019 until 2022.  In addition to this textbook, he has written the following works:   Dominion and Civility: English Imperialism and Native America, 1585-1685 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999); Uncas: First of the Mohegans, (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003); Samuel Wiseman’s Book of Record: The Official Account of Bacon’s Rebellion in Virginia, (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2005); The Head in Edward Nugent’s Hand: Roanoke’s Forgotten Indians (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007); the first edition of Native America; Professional Indian: Eleazer Williams’s American Odyssey, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015); and Peacemakers: The Iroquois, the United States, and the Treaty of Canandaigua, 1794, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).  He has published, as well, articles and reviews, and has worked as a historical consultant for native communities in New York and North Carolina, as well as for the Indian Resources Section of the United States Department of Justice.  He has won awards for his teaching and research in Montana and in New York, including the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

A native of Ventura, California, Professor Oberg earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the California State University at Long Beach.  He took his Ph.D in 1994 from Syracuse University.  From 1994 until 1998, Professor Oberg taught at Montana State University at Billings, before moving back to upstate New York in 1998.  With the exception of one year spent teaching at the University of Houston, he has been at SUNY-Geneseo ever since.  He lives in Rochester, New York.

Professor Oberg is at work on a history of the Onondaga Nation, from the the time of the formation of the Iroquois League to the present, under the working title Onondaga: The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of an American Indian Nation.  He teaches classes at Geneseo in the College’s freshman writing program, its Humanities sequence and, for the Department of History, courses in Native American History, American Indian Law and Public Policy, and on the history of the Iroquois.  You can contact him by email at  For current events and developments in Native American history relevant to materials covered in Native America, please follow @NativeAmText on Twitter.

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