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Borderlands and Transnational History at the 2015 Western History Association Conference

  Each year I like to make a list of the borderlands and transnational history panels at the Western History Association annual conference. This year we will be in Portland and with the conference theme of “Thresholds, Walls, and Bridges,” there are sure to be lots of good topics! As always, there are some very…

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From the Bookshelf: Reid – The Sea is My Country

I just finished reviewing Joshua L. Reid’s The Sea is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs for the Pacific Northwest Quarterly and it exceeding all of my expectations. I will let them publish my more extensive comments, and don’t feel it would be right to preempt them here, but let me offer a…

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My New Book: A Historical Dictionary of the American Frontier

Last month, a reference work that Jay Buckley and I published our coauthored Historical Dictionary of the American Frontier with Rowman & Littlefield. It is a part of their ongoing reference dictionary series. I wouldn’t recommend it for leisurely reading (it is a reference work) but would encourage everyone to put in a request at…

Announcement: I am Accepting a New Job

I am very excited to announce that I will be starting a new job in the next couple months as the Assistant Director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies and an Assistant Professor of History at Brigham Young University. The Redd Center organizes, finances, and promotes the study of the American West (with particular…

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Clash over Riparian Reservation Borders

The Los Angeles Times has published a fascinating piece about a long-brewing conflicts on the western border of the Colorado River Indian Reservation, which just happens to be…the Colorado River. Does the reservation border move with the river, or should it be a fixed point established at the point of the western bank of the Colorado…