Lessons From the Past, Looking Toward the Future Lecture Series with UTEP: Indian Wars for the 21st Century: The Past, Present and Future of Native Peoples in the U.S.

Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
510 N. Santa fe
El Paso, Texas 79901
knoedlerjm@elpasotexas.gov
(915) 212-3163

Lessons From the Past, Looking Toward the Future Lecture Series with UTEP: Indian Wars for the 21st Century: The Past, Present and Future of Native Peoples in the U.S.

There are hundreds of Indian Nations in the U.S., with a combined population of several million, retaining more than 40 million acres of reservation land, and overseeing billions of dollars in revenue.  Many Indian nations hold treaties with the federal government, and most are major players in the economies of many states.  However, Americans know little about their history and even less about the realities they face in the United States today. This lecture will focus on the broad historical contours of the Apache, Tohono O’odham, and Tigua to shed light on contemporary Indian Affairs.  In doing so it will help us wrestle with the future of Native People in a rapidly changing political, economic, and social climate. Jeffrey P. Shepherd received his PhD from Arizona State University and joined the Department of History at UTEP in 2002.  He is the author of We Are an Indian Nation: A History of the Hualapai People, and he is presently researching the history of the Apache in the U.S. – Mexico Borderlands.  He has worked with the National Park Service and is completing a history of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park.  He also serves as the Director of the PhD Program in History at UTEP, where he teaches courses on Native People, the U.S. – Mexico Borderlands, the U.S. West, and Public History.

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