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What You Need To Read, March 2021

If you are reading this, it means you made it through 2021. Though we still have plenty of tough times ahead, I wish you all the best, and hope you find the first quarterly bibliography of this new year of some value. If there is anything I missed and that you would like me to look at, you know how to reach me. Stay safe, everyone, and here’s to hoping 2021 is better than 2020.

Baumgartner, Alice L. “The Massacre at Gracias a Dios: Mobility and Violence on the Lower Rio Grande, 1821-1856,” Western Historical Quarterly, 52 (Spring 2021), 35-58.

Burch, Susan. Committed: Remembering Native Kinship In and Beyond Institutions, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2021).

Casteneda, Terri A. Marie Mason Potts: The Lettered Life of a California Indian Activist, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2020).

Champagne, Duane and Carole Goldberg. A Coalition of Lineages: The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, (Tuscon: University of Arizona Press, 2021).

Daggar, Lori. “The Mission Complex: Economic Development, ‘Civilization,’ and Empire in the Early Republic,” Journal of the Early Republic, 36 (September 2016), 467-492.

Eustace, Nicole. Covered With Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice In Early America, (New York: Liveright, 2021).

Fisher, Dennis Leo. “War, Wampum, and Recognition: Algonquin Transborder Political Activism during the Early Twentieth Century, 1919-1931,” American Indian Quarterly, 45 (Winter 2021), 56-79.

Frederick, Jer. “Shifting Sands: Congressman Charlie Rose, Tribal, Federal, and State Politics, and the History of Lumbee Recognition,” North Carolina Historical Review, 97 (October 2021), 401-474.

Gage, Justin. We Do Not Want the Gates Closed Between U: Native Networks and the Spread of the Ghost Dance. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2020).

Garrison, Tim Alan.  “Twisting Air: Native Southerners and their Encounters with Tornadoes,” Native South, 13 (2020), 60-93.

Goodman, Linda J. and Helma Swan. Singing the Songs of my Ancestors: The Life and Music of Helma Swan, Makah Elder, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2021).

Hahn, Monica Anke. “Pantomime Indian: Performing The Encounter in Robert Sayer’s Harlequin Cherokee,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 78 (January 2021), 117-146.

Heyes, Scott A. “Embracing Indigenous Knowledge: The Spiritual Dimensions of Place,” SiteLINES: A Journal of Place, 16 (Fall 2020), 3-7.

Hoy, Benjamin. A Line of Blood and Dirt: Creating the Canada-United States Border across Indigenous Lands, (New York: Oxford University Press 2021).

Hudson, Angela Pulley. “Removals and Remainder: Apaches and Choctaws in the Jim Crow South,” Journal of the Civil War Era, 11 (March 2021), 80-102.

Janda, Sarah Eppler, Patricia Loughlin, and Renee M. Laegreid, eds. This Land Is Herland: Gendered Activism in Oklahoma, 1870-2010, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2021).

Lee, An Anson.  “The Mesilla Guard: Race and Violence in Nineteenth-Century New Mexico,” New Mexico Historical Review, 125 (December 2020), 1752-1763.

Meadows, William C. The First Code-Talkers: Native American Communication in World War I, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2021).

Mihesuah, Devon A. Ned Christie: The Creation of an Outlaw and Cherokee Hero, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2021).

Oberg, Michael Leroy, ‘Every Drop of Indian Blood’: The Short But Ironic Life of Sylvester Long,” Native South, 13 (2020), 32-59.

O’Neill, Sean.  Cultural Contact and Linguistic Relativity among the Indians of Northwestern California, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2021).

Panich, Lee M.,, George Ann DeAntoni, and Tsim Schneider, “‘By the Aid of his Indians’: Native Negotiations of Settler Colonialism in Marin County, California.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 25 (no. 1, 2021), 92-115.

Pauketat, Timothy R. “When the Rains Stopped: Evapotranspiration and Ontology at Ancient Cahokia,” Journal of Anthropological Research, 76 (Winter 2020), 410-438.

Peterson, Dawn.  Indians in the Family: Adoption and the Politics of Antebellum Expansion, (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017).

Phillips, Katrina M. Staging Indigeneity: Salvage Tourism and the Performance of Native American History, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2021).

Reid, Gerald F. Chief Thunderwater: An Unexpected Indian in Unexpected Places, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2021).

Rountree, Helen C. Manteo’s World: Native American Life in Carolina’s Sound Country before            and after the Lost Colony, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2021).

Silverman, David J. “Ungrateful Children and Days of Mourning: Two Wampanoag Interpretations of the ‘First Thanksgiving’ and Colonialism through the Centuries,” New England Quarterly, 93 (December 2020), 608-634.

Smith, Andrea Lynn and Nëhdöwes (Randy A. John). “Monuments, Legitimization Ceremonies, and Haudenosaunee Rejection of Sullivan-Clinton Markers,” New York History 101 (Winter 2020/2021). 343-365.

Sousa, Ashley Riley. “Trapped? The Fur Trade and Debt Peonage in Central California,” Pacific Historical Review, 90 (Winter 2021), 1-27.

Spindler, John E. “Slaughter in the Snow,” Military Heritage, 22 (Winter 2021), 62-71.

Taylor, Alan. American Republics: A Continental History of the United States, 1783-1850. (New York: Norton, 2021).

Theobald, Brianna. “Bringing Back Woman Knowledge: The Women’s Dance Health Program and Native Midwifery in the Twin Cities,” Journal of Women’s History, 32 (Winter 2020).

Townshend, Russell, et. al., “Digital Archaeology and the Living Cherokee Landscape,” International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 24 (December 2020), 969-988.

Turner, John G. “The Yoke of Bondage: Slavery in Plymouth Colony,” New England Quarterly, 93 (December 2020), 634-54.

Wallace, Jessica L. “More than ‘Strangers to Each Others Persons & Manners’: Overhill Cherokees and Fort Loudoun,” Native South, 13 (2020), 120-157.

Warde, Mary Jane. George Washington Grayson and the Creek Nation, 1843-1920, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2021).

Washburn, Jeffrey. “Directing Their Own Change: Chickasaw Economic Transformation and the Civilization Program, 1750s-1830s,” Native South, 13 (2020), 94-119.

Watson, Kelly L. “Mary Kittamaquund Brent, “’The Pocahontas of Maryland’: Sex, Marriage, and Diplomacy in the Seventeenth-Century Chesapeake,” Early American Studies, 19 (Winter 2021), 24-63.

Williams, David B.  Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound, (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2021).

Wright, Miller Shores. “’A Man’s Children Have No Claim to his Property’: Creek Matrilineal Property Relations and Gendered Conflict at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century,” Native South, 13 (2020), 158-188.

What You Need to Read, June 2020

You have finished a rough semester. Libraries are still closed. Some interlibrary loan services are available, and school will return in some form in the fall. Here is your summer reading list to help keep you up to date on what is coming out in Native American History.

Adams, Mikaela Morgan. “‘A Very Serious and Perplexing Epidemic of Grippe,’: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 at the Haskell Institute,” American Indian Quarterly, 44 (Winter 2020), 1-35.

Bates, Denise E. Basket Diplomacy: Leadership, Alliance-Building, and Resilience among the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, 1884-1984, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2020).

Bethke, Brandi. “Revisiting the Horse in Blackfoot Culture: Understanding the Development of Nomadic Pastoralism on the North American Plains,” International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 24 (March 2020), 44-61.

Bigart, Robert J. Providing for the People: Economic Change Among the Salish and Kootenai Indians, 1875-1910 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2020).

Bigart, Robert and Joseph McDonald, “You Seem To Like Our MOney, and We Like Our Country”: A Documentary History of the Salish, Pend d’Oreille, and Kootenai Indians, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2020.

Blanton, Dennis B. Conquistador’s Wake: Tracking the Legacy of Hernando de Soto in the Indigenous Southeast, (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2020).

Britten, Thomas A. and Charles Trimble. Voice of the Tribes: A History of the National Tribal Chairmen’s Association, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2020).

Cahill, Cathleen D. “‘Our Democracy and the American Indian’: Citizenship, Sovereignty, and the Native Vote in the 1920s,” Journal of Women’s History 32 (Spring 2020), 41-51.

Carr, Kurt W., et. al, eds. The Archaeology of Native Americans in Pennsylvania, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020).

DeCoster, Jonathan. Conflict and Accommodation in Colonial New Mexico, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020).

Duwe, Samuel. Tewa Worlds: An Archaeological History of Being and Becoming Pueblo in the Southwest, (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2020).

Gage, Justin. We Do Not Want the Gates Closed Between Us: Native Networs and the Spread of the Ghost Dance, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2020).

Gagnon, Celese Marie and Sara K. Becker, “Native Lies in Colonial Times: Insights from Skeletal Remains of Susquehannocks, 1575-1675,” Historical Archaeology, 54 (March 2020), 262-285

Galler, Robert W., Jr., “Converting the Missionaries: The Transformation of Benedictine Priests at Crow Creek,” South Dakota History, 50 (Spring 2020), 48-79.

Glassow, Michael A., et al., Goleta Slough Prehistory: Insights Gained from a Vanishing Archaeological Record, (Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History 2020).

Hall, Philip S. and Mary Solon Lewis. From Wounded Knee to the Gallows: The Life and Trials of Lakota Chief Two Sticks, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2020).

Hall, Ryan. Beneath the Backbone of the World: Blackfoot People and the North American Borderlands, 1720-1877, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2020).

Headman, Louis, and Sean O’Neill, Walks on the Ground: A Tribal History of the Ponca Nation, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2020).

Hedren, Paul. L. “Who Killed Crazy Horse? A Historiographical Review and Affirmation,” Nebraska History, 101 (Spring 2020 ), 2-17.

Hilbert, Vi, Haboo: Native American Stories from Puget Sound, 2nd ed., (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2020).

Humalajoki, Reetta. “‘Yours in Indian Unity’: Moderate National Indigenous Organizations and the US -Canada Border in the Red Power Era,” Comparative American Studies, 17 (no. 2, 2020), 183-198.

Johnson, Andrew D. and Carolyn Arena. “Building Dutch Suriname in English Carolina: Aristocratic Networks, Native Enslavement, and Plantation Provisioning in the Seventeenth-Century Americas,” Journal of Southern History, 86 (February 2020), 37-74.

Killsback, Leo. A Sacred People: Indigenous Governance, Traditional Leadership, and the Warriors of the Cheyenne Nation, (Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 2020).

Lappas, Thomas John. In League Against King Alcohol: Native American Women and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, 1874-1933, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2020).

McNally, Michael David. Defend the Sacred: Native American Religious Freedom Beyond the First Amendment, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020).

Michna, Gregory. “The Long Road to Sainthood: Indian Christians, the Doctrine of Preparation, and the Halfway Covenant of 1662,” Church History, 89 (March 2020), 43-73.

Navin, John J. The Grim Years: Settling South Carolina, 1670-1720, (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2020).

Nielsen, Marianne O. and Karen Jarratt-Snider, eds. Traditional, National, and International Law and Indigenous Communities, (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2020).

Ruediger, Dylan. “‘Neither Utterly to Reject Them, Nor Yet to Drawe Them to Come In’: Tributary Subordination and Settler Colonialism in Virginia,” Early American Studies, 18 (Wintero 2020), 1-31.

Saunt, Claudio. Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory, (New York: Norton, 2020).

Senier, Siobahn, Sovereignty and Sustainability: Indigenous Literary Stewardship in New England, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2020).

Silverman, David J. “Living with the Past: Thoughts on Community Collaboration and Difficult History in Native American and Indigenous Studies,” American Historical Review, 125 (April 2020), 519-527. Be sure to read as well the replies to Silverman’s review by Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, Philip Deloria, Jean M. O’Brien, and Christine De Lucia.

Stofferahn, Steven A. “‘Down Too Deep’: Father Pius Boehm, From Reluctant Missionary to Devoted Caretaker at Crow Creek, 1887-1935,” South Dakota History 50 (Spring 2020), 25-47.

Thornton, Russell and Jamie Geronimo Vela, comps., NAGPRA and the Repatriation of Native American Human Remains and Cultural Objects, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020).

Timmerman, Nicholas A. “Contested Indigenous Landscapes: Indian Mounds and the Political Creation of the Mythical ‘Mound Builder’ Race,” Ethnohistory, 67 (January 2020), 75-95.

Toth, Gyorgy. “‘Red’ Nations: Marxists and the Native American Sovereignty Movement of the Late Cold War,” Cold War History, 20 (May 2020), 197-221.

White, A. J., et. al., “After Cahokia: Indigenous Repopulation and Depopulation of the Horseshoe Lake Watershed, AD 1400-1900,” American Antiquity, 85 (April 2020), 263-278.

Woodard, Buck. “An Alternative to Red Power: Political Alliance as Tribal Activism in Virgina,” Comparative American Studies, 17 (no. 2, 2020), 142-166.

The Coronavirus Pandemic and Native American Communities: A Current Events Reading List

I have just completed reading the first batch of papers from my course on American Indian Law and Public Policy. I require all the students to complete a current events project. The requirements for the assignment is that they have 20 sources (which I have defined broadly owing to the students’ inability to in-person library research or make use of Interlibrary Loan); that they consult with me on the topic beforehand (most did so before the campus shut down); and that they try to write about ten pages. I cannot cover everything in class and, I tell the students, this is an opportunity for them to learn more about a subject that interests them. The added bonus is that I always learn a thing or two from their projects.

This semester, for obvious reasons, a number of students focused on COVID-19 and the Coronavirus and the impact of the epidemic on Native American communities. Because many of you who teach Native American history will have students interested in this issue, particularly with students’ awareness of the long history of epidemic and chronic disease in Indian Country, I decided to compile a bibliography of articles that you and your students might find helpful. This is not exhaustive, and I am sure that we may have missed some stories, but I hope you find this helpful. It is only a first step. Beginning tomorrow I will tweet out all the stories documenting Indian Country’s confrontation with the COVID-19 pandemic that I manage to stumble across. Be careful out there, and stay safe.

Abourezk, Kevin. “’We Are Staying on Top of It’: Oglala Sioux Tribe Declares Coronavirus Emergency.” Indianz.com, March 11, 2020.

Agoyo, Acee. “’Lives Are at Risk’: Coronavirus Cases Continue to Grow in Indian Country as Tribes Push for Action in Washington.” Indianz, March 19, 2020. https://www.indianz.com/News/2020/03/19/lives-are-at-risk-coronavirus-cases-cont.asp

Acee Agoyo, “Trump administration moves slowly on coronavirus funding for Indian Country,” Indianz.com, March 23, 2020,

Acee Agoyo, “Coronavirus relief coming to Indian Country with passage of bipartisan legislation,” indianz.com,March 26th, 2020, https://www.indianz.com/News/2020/03/26/coronavirus-relief-coming-to-indian-coun.asp

Acee Agoyo, “Indian Country plunges into uncertainty as coronavirus reaches their communities,” indianz.com, March 18, 2020,

Acee Agoyo, “Indian Health Service works to distribute more coronavirus funding to tribes as cases continue to grow,” Indianz.com, March 24th, 2020,

Barrera, Jorge. “COVID-19 Could Be ‘Devastating’ for First Nations, Says Matawa First Nations CEO | CBC News.” CBCnews , CBC/Radio Canada, 11 Mar. 2020, www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/covid19-first-nations-housing-overcrowding-1.5494077.

Barrera, Jorge. “Doctor Says Pre-Existing Nursing Shortage Leaves Northern Ontario First Nations ‘Vulnerable’ to COVID-19″ CBC News.” CBCnews , CBC/Radio Canada, 18 Mar. 2020, www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/covid-19-northern-ontario-1.5500780.

Becenti, Arlyssa “Workers Battle Coronavirus – and Jiní – at Epicenter.” Navajo Times, March 25, 2020.

Bennett-Begaye, Jourdan. “’We Are Not Ready for This’: Native American Tribes Struggle to Deal with Coronavirus.” The Salt Lake Tribune, March 4, 2020. https://www.sltrib.com/news/nation-world/2020/03/04/we-are-not-ready-this/

Bourque, Scott. “Navajo County Ranks 13th Worldwide For COVID-19 Infection Rate.” Fronteras, March 28, 2020.

Brady, Benjamin R., and Howard M. Bahr. “The Influenza Epidemic of 1918–1920 among the Navajos: Marginality, Mortality, and the Implications of Some Neglected Eyewitness Accounts.” American Indian Quarterly , vol. 38, no. 4, 2014, p. 459., doi:10.5250/amerindiquar.38.4.0459.

Bryan Eneas, More Sask. “Indigenous communities take measures to prevent spread of COVID-19,” CBCnews, March 25th, 2020,

Cancryn, Adam. “Where Coronavirus Could Find a Refuge: Native American Reservations.” POLITICO, March 28, 2020. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/28/native-americans-coronavirus-152579 .

Carlson, Kirsten. “Tribal Leaders Face Great Need and Don’t Have Enough Resources to Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic.” Chicago Reporter, March 27, 2020. https://www.chicagoreporter.com/tribal-leaders-face-great-need-and-dont-have-enough-resources-to-respond-to-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “History of 1918 Flu Pandemic.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 21 Mar. 2018, www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1918-commemoration/1918-pandemic-history.htm

Dubois, Stephanie. “Maskwacis activates ‘medicine chest’ treaty clause, declaring state of emergency,” CBCnews, March 24th, 2020,

Laurel Morales. “Navajo Access to Water Compounds Response to
Coronavirus.” Arizona Public Media, March 26, 2020.

Deer, Jessica. “5 People including Hospital Personnel Test Positive for COVID-19 in Mohawk Community.” CBC.ca. Last modified March 24, 2020. Accessed March 28, 2020. https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/5-people-including-hospital-personnel-test-positivefor-covid-19-in-mohawk-community-1.5508843?cmp=rss.

Ebbs, Stephanie and Cheyenne Haslet, “Indian Country Faces Higher Risks, Lack of Resources in COVID-19 Fight.” ABC NEWS, 3 April 2020.
Fonseca, Felecia. “Tribes Take Measures to Slow Spread of New Coronavirus.” ABC News. ABC News Network, March 21, 2020.

Giago Davies, James. “It Was Called the ‘Spanish Flu.’ But It Killed Hundreds of Indians Too.” www.indianz.com/News/2018/05/24/it-was-called-the-spanish-flu-but-it-kil.asp.

Givens, Maria. “The Coronavirus Is Exacerbating Vulnerabilities Native Communities Already Face.” Vox. Vox, March 25, 2020.

Goldman, Kara N. “The White Scarf on the Door: a Life-Saving Lesson from the 1918 Flu.” STAT , 23 Mar. 2020, www.statnews.com/2020/03/23/white-scarf-door-lifesaving-lesson-1918-pandemic/.

Hedgpeth, Dana, Darryl Fears and Gregory Scruggs. “Indian Country, Where Residents Suffer Disproportionately from Disease, is Bracing for Coronavirus,” Washington Post, 4 April 2020.

Heinsius, Ryan. “COVID-19 Relief Package Includes $8 Billion for Tribal Assistance.” KNAU:Arizona Public Radio. Last modified March 27, 2020. Accessed March 28, 2020. https://www.knau.org/post/covid-19-relief-package-includes-8-billion-tribal-assistance.

Hollingsworth, Julia, et al. “Corona Virus Live Updates.” CNN World News , 22 Mar. 2020, www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-22-20/h_0ff44fe3fd52f6ea7471206d0b7ff501.

Horn, Matt, and Navajo Nation. “Navajo Nation Helps Provide Medical Supplies during COVID-19 Crisis.” AZFamily, March 26, 2020.

Indian Health Service. “Disparities: Fact Sheets.” Newsroom , U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Oct. 2019, www.ihs.gov/newsroom/factsheets/disparities/.

Kassam, Ashifa. “’Be Careful’: Spain’s Last 1918 Flu Survivor Offers Warning on Coronavirus.” The Guardian , Guardian News and Media, 22 Mar. 2020,
www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/22/be-careful-spains-last-1918-flu-survivor-offer s-warning-on-coronavirus.

Lakhani, Nina. “’Timing Is Critical’: Native Americans Warn Virus May Overwhelm Underfunded Health Services.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, March 20, 2020.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/mar/20/coronavirus-outbreak-us-native-americans-health-services .

Lakhani, Nina. “Native American Tribe Takes Trailblazing Steps to Fight Covid-19 Outbreak.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, March 18, 2020. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/mar/18/covidcoronavirus-native-american-lummi-nation-trailblazing-steps

Laychuk, Riley. “Opaskwayak Cree Nation Declares State of Emergency, Takes Steps to Keep COVID-19 out of Community | CBC News.” CBCnews , CBC/Radio Canada, 19 Mar. 2020, www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/opaskwayak-cree-nation-state-of-emergency-covid-19-1.5502424.

Lee, Kurtis “No Running Water. No Electricity. On Navajo Nation, Coronavirus Creates Worry and Confusion as Cases Surge.” Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, March 29, 2020.

Malbeuf, Jamie. “Northern Alberta Community Limiting Access in Effort to Keep COVID-19 out | CBC News.” CBCnews , CBC/Radio Canada, 19 Mar. 2020, www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/janvier-wood-buffalo-security-covid-19-1.5502372.

Mapes, Lynda V. “As a Coronavirus Pandemic Sweeps the World, American Indian Communities Turn to One Another, Teachings.” The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company, March 24, 2020.

Michels, Holly K. “Browning Works Together to Feed Kids in Time of Coronavirus.”
Independent Record. Last modified March 18, 2020. https://helenair.com/news/state-and-regional/browning-works-together-to-feed-kids-intime-

Moulson, Geir, and Matt Sedensky. “Worldwide Coronavirus Infections Top 600,000.” Indian Country Today. Last modified March 28, 2020. Accessed March 30, 2020. https://indiancountrytoday.com/coronavirus/worldwide-coronavirus-infections-top-600-000-Jz6G7zW44k-RVZkMXw4Zbw.

(NCAI) The National Congress of American Indians. “The National Congress of American Indians Calls for More Attention to COVID-19 Impacts to Indian Country.” NCAI , 2020, www.ncai.org/news/articles/2020/03/18/the-national-congress-of-american-indians-callsfor-more-attention-to-covid-19-impacts-to-indian-country.

Newland, Bryan. “Opinion | Indigenous Americans Must Not Once Again Pay the Price for the Mistakes of Others.” The Washington Post. WP Company, March 25, 2020. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/03/25/coronavirus-social-distancing-could-devastate-tribal-communities/

Newton, Creede. “Navajo Nation: Fears of Hunger as Covid-19 Lockdown to Intensify.” Al-Jazeera.com. April 7, 2020.

Riley, Dr. Melissa. “Indian Health Services Is Ill-Prepared for the Coronavirus Crisis. Indigenous People Will Suffer.” Rewire.News. Last modified March 24, 2020. Accessed March 28,https://rewire.news/article/2020/03/24/indian-health-services-is-ill-prepared-forthe-

Srikanth, Anagha. “How the Coronavirus Threatens Native American Communities.” TheHill, March 26, 2020.
https://thehill.com/changing-america/respect/diversity-inclusion/488458-how-the-coronavirus-threatens-native-american .

Trout, Lucas, Corina Kramer, and Lois Fischer. “Social Medicine in Practice: Realizing the American Indian and Alaska Native Right to Health.” Health and Human Rights 20, no. 2 (December 2018): 19-30. https://www.jstor.org/stable/26542057

What You Need To Read, September 2017

The following items have made it on to my bibliography of things I must see. I hope you find this helpful.  If you feel that I missed something that ought to have been included, by all means feel free to let me know and I will update this list.  Next update will appear in December:


Alexie, Sherman. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir, (New York: Little, Brown, 2017).

Baires, Sarah E. Land of Water, City of the Dead: Religion and Cahokia’s Emergence, (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2017).

Coyle, Michael and John Borrows, The Right Relationship: Reimagining the Implementation of Historical Treaties, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017).

Dowd, Gregory Evans. “Indigenous People Without the Republic,” Journal of American History, 104 (June 2017), 19-41.

Dubcovsky, Alejandra. Informed Power: Communication in the Early American South, (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2016).

Fenelon, James V. Redskins: Sports Mascots, Indian Nations and White Racism, (New York: Routledge, 2017).

Garrison, Tim Alan and Greg O’Brien, The Native South: New Histories and Enduring Legacies, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2017).

Greer, Allan.  Property and Dispossession: Natives, Empires and Land in Early Modern North America, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Grossman, Zoltan. Unlikely Alliances: Native Nations and White Communities Join to Defend Rural Lands, (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017).

Jagodinsky, Katrina. Legal Codes and Talking Trees: Indigenous Women’s Sovereignty in the Sonoran and Puget Sound Borderlands, 1854-1946, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).

Harvey, Sean and Sarah Rivett, “Colonial-Indigenous Language Encounters in North America and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World,” Early American Studies, 15 (Summer 2017), 442-473.

Hillaire, Pauline, Rights Remembered: A Salish Grandmother Speaks on American Indian History and the Future ed. Gregory P. Fields, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016).

Huffman, Terry, Tribal Strengths and Native Education: Voices from the Reservation Classroom, (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2017).

Hunter, Douglas, The Place of Stone: Dighton Rock and the Erasure of America’s Indigenous Past, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017).

Kellett, Lucas C. and Eric E. Jones, Settlement Ecology of the Ancient Americas: (London: Taylor and Francis, 2017).

Kracht, Benjamin R. Kiowa Belief and Ritual, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2017).

Kruer, Matthew. “Bloody Minds and Peoples Undone: Emotion, Family, and Political Order in the Susquehannock-Virginia War,” William and Mary Quarterly, 74 (July 2017), 401-436.

Lappas, Thomas. “FOR GOD AND HOME AND NATIVE LAND”: The Haudenosaunee and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, 1884-1921,” Journal of Women’s History, 29 (Summer 2017), 62-85.

Lee, Lloyd L. and Jennifer Denetdale, Navajo Sovereignty: Understandings and Visions of the Dine People, (Tuscon: University of Arizona Press, 2017).

Lyons, Scott Richard. The World, The Text, and the Indian: The Global Reach of Native American Literature, (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2017).

Mancall, Peter. Nature and Culture in the Early Modern Atlantic, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).

Masich, Andrew Edward. Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2017).

Muehlbauer, Matthew. “Holy War and Just War in Early New England, 1630-1655,” Journal of Military History, 81 (July 2017), 667-692.

Senier, Siobahn, “The Continuing Circulations of New England’s Tribal Newspapers,” American Literary History, 29 (Summer 2017), 418-437.

Shannon, Timothy: Indian Captive, Indian King: Peter Williamson in Britain and America, (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, Forthcoming, 2018).

Sheffield, R. Scott, “Indigenous Exceptionalism under Fire: Assessing Indigenous Soldiers in Combat with the Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and American Armies during the Second World War,” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 45 (June 2017), 506-524.

Steere, Benjamin A. The Archaeology of Houses and Households in the Native Southeast, (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2017).

Tepper, Leslie Heyman. Salish Blankets: Robes of Protection and Transformation, Symbols of Wealth, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2017).

Wellman, Candace. Peace Weavers: Uniting the Salish Coast Through Cross-Cultural Marriages, (Pullman: Washington State University Press, 2017).

Williams, Nancy and H. Foster, “An Analysis of Native American/ Colonialist Interaction in the Southeastern United States,” International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 21 (June 2017): 513-531.

Woolford, Andrew. This Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide, and Redress in Canada and the United States (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015).

What You Need to Read

One of the challenges of producing a textbook in Native American History is keeping up with the enormous volume of scholarship my colleagues in history, anthropology, and archaeology produce.  It is an exciting time to work in this field, precisely because of the high quality of so much of this work.  I regularly check the tables of contents in Ethnohistory, Southern Indian Studies, American Indian Quarterly, and a host of other journals.  But here is a list of some of the things that have made it on to my reading list, and that I will consider as I continue to teach my course in Native American history each fall at SUNY-Geneseo.


Angelbeck, Bill. “The Balance of Autonomy and Alliance in Anarchic Societies: The Organization of Defenses in the Coast Salish Past,” World Archaeology, 48 (March 2016), 51-69.

John Bowes, Land Too Good for Indians: Northern Indian Removal, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2017).

David A. Chang, The World and All the Things upon It: Native Hawaiian Geographies of Exploration,
(Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016).

Olivia Chilcote, “Pow-wows at the Mission” Boletin: Journal of the California Mission Studies Association, 31 (March 2015), 79-87

Durwood Ball, “Beyond Traverse des Sioux: Captain Edwin V. Sumner’s Expedition to Devil’s Lake in 1845,” Annals of Iowa, &4 (Winter 2015), 1-28.

Arne Bialuschewski, Native American Slavery in the Seventeenth Century, (Durham: Duke University Press, 2017).

Celine Carayon, “`The Gesture Speech of Mankind’: Old and New Entanglements in the Histories of American Indian and European Sign Languages,” American Historical Review, 121 (April 2016), 461-491

Brian Carroll, “`A Mean Business’: Wartime Security, Sovereignty, and Southern New England Indians, 1689-1713,” Connecticut History, 54 (Fall 2015), 217-242

Linda M. Clemmons,  “We are Writing this Letter Seeking Your Help'” Dakotas, ABCFM Missionaries, and their Uses of Litearcy, 1863-1866,” Western Historical Quarterly, 47 (Summer 2016), 183-209.

Chip Colwell, Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017)

Andrew Denson, Monuments to Absence: Cherokee Removal and the Contest over Southern Memory, (Chapel Hill: UNCP, 2017).

Kathy Dickson, “`All In’: The Rise of Tribal Gaming,” Chronicles of Oklahoma, 93 (no. 4, 2016), 3-12

Max Edelson, A New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America Before Independence, (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017).

Katherine Ellinghaus, Blood Will Tell: Native AMericans and Assimilation Policy, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2017).

John R. Gram, Education at the Edge of Empire: Negotiating Pueblo Identity in New Mexico’s Indian Boarding School,  (Seattle: University of Washington Press 2016).

Laurence M. Hauptman,  “Fighting a Two Front War: Dr. Albert Lake, Thomas Indian School Physician, 1880-1922,” New York History, 95 (Summer 2014), 408-431.

Yasuhide Kawashima, “Red Dreams, White Nightmares: Pan-Indian Alliances in the Anglo-American Mind, 1763-1815,” Journal of Military History, 80 (April 2016).

Paul Kelton, Cherokee Medicine, Colonial Germs: An Indigenous Nation’s Fight Against Smallpox, 1518-1824  (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2015).

William S. Kiser, Borderlands of Slavery: The Struggle Over Captivity and Peonage in the American Southwest, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)

Benjamin Kracht, Kiowa Belief and Ritual, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2017).

Brandon Layton, “Indian Country to Slave Country: The Transformation of Natchez During the American Revolution,” Journal of Southern History, 82 (February 2016), 27-58

Benjamin Madley, “Reexamining the American Genocide Debate: Meaning, Historiography, and New Methods,” American Historical Review, 120 (February 2015), 478-505

Jason Mancini, “`In Contempt and Oblivion’: Censuses, Ethnogeography, and Hidden Indian Historeis in Eighteenth-Century Southern New England,” Ethnohistory, 62 (January 2015), 61-94.

Michael Marker, “Borders and the Borderless Coast Salish: Decolonizing Historiographies of Indigenous Schooling,” History of Education, 44 (July 2015), 480-502.

Matthew McCoy, “Hidden Citizens: The COurts and Native American Voting Rights in the Southwest,” Journal of the Southwest, 58 (Summer 2016), 293-310.

Jane Mt. Pleasant, “A New Paradigm for Pre-Columbian Agriculture in North America,” Early American Studies, 13 (Spring 2015), 374-412

Raymond Orr, Reservation Politics: Historical Trauma, Economic Development, and Intratribal Conflict, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2017)

Dawn Peterson, Indians in the Family: Adoption and the Politics of Antebellum Expansion, (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017)

James E. Potter, “`The Greatest Gathering of Indians Ever Assembled:’ The 1875 Black Hills Council at Red Cloud Agency, Nebraska,” Nebraska History 97 (Spring 2016), 16-31.

Joshua L. Reid, The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017). 

Judith Ridner,   “Unmasking the Paxton Boys,” Early American Studies, 14 (Spring 2016), 348-376

Paul Rosier, “Crossing New Boundaries: American Indians and Twentieth Century US Foreign Policy,” Diplomatic History, 39 (November 2015), 955-966.

Christina Snyder, Great Crossings: Indians, Settlers and Slaves in the Age of Jackson, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).

Ashley Riley Sousa, “`An Influential Squaw’: Intermarriage and Community in Central California, 1839-1851,” Ethnohistory, 62 (October 2015), 707-727

Benjamin Steere, The Archaeology of Houses and Households in the Native Southeast, (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2o17).

Coll Thrush, Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire,  (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).

Daniel J. Tortora, Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756-1763,   (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

E. J. Vance, “Classical Education and the Brothertown Nation of Indians,” American Indian Quarterly 40 (Spring 20160, 138-174.

Louis Warren, God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America, (New York: Basic, 2017).

Alice Wright, “Center Places and Cherokee Towns,” American Anthropologist, 118 (June 2016).

Cynthia Wu, “A Comparative Analysis of Indigenous Displacement and the World War II Japanese-American Internment,” Amerasia Journal, 42 (April 2016), 1-15