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…

When Nature Moves Borders

A recent New Yorker piece by Paul Kramer, associate professor of History at Vanderbilt University, prompted this post. Of the many subtopics that make Borderlands History so fascinating is the constant inherent tension between the supposed impermeability and permanence of borders or international boundaries, and the constant forces that violate them. By definition, the boundary…

Borderlands and Transnational History at the 2014 Western History Association Conference

The Western History Association will hold its 54th annual conference in Newport Beach, California on October 15-18. Like last year, I have gone through the preliminary program to highlight panels deals with Borderlands or Transnational history. The conference theme is “The West & the World” so hopefully that will lend to some good transnational themes.…

International Boundary Commission Still ‘Slash’-ing the Line

Whether you have traveled across the U.S.-Canadian border via boat, car, air, or virtually on Google Maps, you may have noticed that there is in fact a visible line – a slash – especially prominent in forested areas.  Well guess what, the International Boundary Commission, created by the 1794 Jay Treaty, is still at it…

Borderlands at the Western History Association confererence, Tucson, October 9-12, 2013

(Also posted at the Borderlands History Blog) I did this last year and thought it would be a good thing to do again.  Browsing through the conference program for next month’s Western History Association annual conference, I found the following panels and events that may appeal to borderlanders.  And, once again, borderlands are well represented!…

Gunfire and a Manhunt in my Supposedly Quiet Bordered-Backyard

Over the past year, I have made a few contributions to the great Borderlands History Blog (also on facebook).  I am reposting them here to keep all of my stuff in one place, and will double-post links for future contributions. Originally published on the Borderlands History Blog, 24 April 2013   In December, I wrote…