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…

New Scholarship in North American Indigenous Genocide Studies

After writing briefly on the 150 year commemoration of the Sand Creek Massacre, I thought it would be useful to crowd-source building an up to date reading list of new scholarship on genocide in North America. Please message me or comment below to add suggestions. I will format everything better later as the list builds. …

Wait…Western History Matters? Why Have We Never Heard About This Before?

Excuse my sarcasm and I apologize if this comes off a bit glib, but I just can’t help myself. The Chronicle of Higher Education, bless their souls, just published a fine piece entitled “Turning West, Historians Take a Wider View of Early America.” On its surface, the article is fantastic. It highlights how a number…

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…

From the Bookshelf: Rosenthal – Reimagining Indian Country

Nicolas G. Rosenthal. Reimagining Indian Country: Native American Migration & Identity in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2012.  Readers may be catching on to the fact that I am a sucker for scholarship that, to paraphrase David Weber, takes the familiar and makes it strange. For this reason, I…