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Saturday, April 18, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cahokia Mounds
Cost: $35 ÷ limited to 40 participants
Located less than twenty minutes from downtown St. Louis, Cahokia Mounds constitutes one of the most important Indian history sites in North America. It also provides a remarkable opportunity to rethink how we teach early American history. With most surveys focusing their discussion of precontact Indians on the Aztec and Inca cultures, a visit to Cahokia offers an introduction to the Indian society that dominated a major portion of what is now the United States.
First settled over a thousand years ago, Cahokia had become by the thirteenth century the center of an extended Native American polity that controlled politics and trade throughout the region. At its height, Cahokia's population may have reached 40,000—one of the largest cities in the world in the thirteenth century and the most
extensive and complex indigenous society north of pre-Columbian Mexico. No city in what became the United States exceeded Cahokia's population until Philadelphia in the late eighteenth century. Cahokia became the wellspring for the Mississippian culture that extended throughout much of the continental interior up
through Indian removal in the nineteenth century.
The massive central mound—over 100 feet high and almost 1,000 feet long—remains intact. Meanwhile, ongoing archaeological investigation regularly reveals new details of life at Cahokia. A superb interpretative center includes archaeological artifacts, reconstructions of village life, and a short movie that provides an orientation to Cahokia and the surrounding region.



Friday April 17, 12:20 pm - 1:50 pm

Women in the Historical Profession Luncheon
Cost: $50
Sponsored by the OAH Committee of Women in the Historical Profession; Business History Conference; Coordinating Council for Women in History; Creighton University, Henry W. Casper, S.J. Professorship in History, Department of History; Duke University, Department of African and African-American Studies; Paul Harvey, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; Indiana State University, Department of History; Indiana University, Department of History; Iowa State University, Department of History; Nebraska Wesleyan University, History Department; Northwestern University, Department of African American Studies; Northwestern University, Department of History; Purdue University, Department of History; Saint Louis University, Department of History; Constance Schulz; Shippensburg University, Department of History and Philosophy; Southern Association for Women Historians; Penn State University, Department of History; The University of Alabama, Department of History; The University of Texas at Austin, Department of History; The Western Association of Women Historians; University of Arkansas, Department of History; University of Delaware, Department of History; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, History Department; University of Kentucky, History Department; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of History; University of Memphis, Department of History; University of Michigan, Department of History; University of Minnesota, Department of American Studies; University of Mississippi, Department of History; University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Department of History; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of History; University of Notre Dame, History Department; University of Oklahoma, History Department; University of Southern California, Department of History; University of Tennessee, History Department; Vanderbilt University, Department of History; Jeannie Whayne, Department of History, University of Arkansas
Jeanette Jones: Single Mother, Carlisle Daughter
Special Guest: Brenda J. Child, University of Minnesota, Department of American Studies
Brenda J. Child is the author of Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community (2012) and Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900–1940 (1998); a coauthor of Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Experiences, 1879–2000 (2000); and a coeditor of Indian Subjects: Hemispheric Perspectives on the History of Indigenous Education (2014). A member of the board of trustees of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, she is also part of a research group that developed the digital Ojibwe People's Dictionary, which debuted in 2012. Child was born on the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota, where she is a citizen.
Through the generosity of the listed sponsors, the members of the OAH Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession are able to offer free luncheon tickets to graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis. To request a free ticket, preregister for the conference, then send an email, with a copy of your registration confirmation, to womenslunch@oah.org before March 15. The complimentary ticket will be added to your registration by our staff, and you will receive a revised registration confirmation.


Thursday, April 16

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm 

Citizenship, Nationhood, and Power in Indian Country
Endorsed by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR)
Chair: C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa, George Mason University
Commentator: Frederick E. Hoxie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Native Citizenship, Sovereignty, and the Law of Nations in the New Republic
Gregory Ablavsky, University of Pennsylvania
Ka Palapala Ho'opi'i a ka maka'ainana: Contesting Citizenship and Indigeneity in the Hawaiian Kingdom, 1845.
Noelani Arista, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
Citizenship, "Civilization," and Ho-Chunk Path through Reconstruction
Stephen Kantrowitz, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Urban Mobility and Expanding Notions of Oneida Nationhood and Citizenship
Doug Kiel, Williams College

Friday, April 17

10:50 am - 12:20 pm 

Indigenous Perceptions of Nineteenth-Century Treaty Making
Chair and Commentator:
Andrew Fisher, College of William and Mary
"I do not know how to read or write": Dakota Indians, Treaties, and Literacy in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Minnesota
Paul Lacson, Grinnell College
"I Do Not Make You a Present of This": Ojibwe Treaty Making from 1854–1873
Margaret Huettl, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
The California Indian Treaties in Concow History and Memory
William Bauer, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

1:50 pm - 3:20 pm 

Remembering Sand Creek 150 Years Later
Elliott West, University of Arkansas
• Ari Kelman, Penn State University
• Alexa Roberts, Bent's Old Fort and Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Sites
• Christine Whitacre, National Parks Service, Intermountain Region • Tom Thomas, National Parks Service, Intermountain Region The Sand Creek Massacre on November 29, 1864, unfolded when Colorado Volunteer troops led by Col. John Chivington launched a surprise assault on a village of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians
camped in eastern Colorado and slaughtered upwards of 200 of them, including women, children, and the elderly. The event now stands as an immense tragedy with layers of meaning within history and memory. This roundtable will discuss the role of the National Park Service in documenting and interpreting the site and the massacre. Ari Kelman, author of A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling over the Memory of Sand Creek, will anchor the roundtable, with comments by representatives of the National Park Service and the Northern Cheyenne tribe.

Early American Worlds: A State-of-the-Field Conversation
Chair: Peter C. Mancall, University of Southern California
• Karin A. Wulf, College of William and Mary
• Daniel K. Richter, University of Pennsylvania
• Michael D. Hattem, Yale University

State of the Field: 19th-Century Indigenous and American Indian History
Chair: William Bauer, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
• Donna Akers, University of Texas at Arlington
• Khal Schneider, California State University, East Bay
• David Anthony Chang, University of Minnesota

Challenges of Indigenous Women's and Gender History
Sponsored by the OAH Committee on Women in the Historical Profession
Chair: Amy Locklear Hertel, American Indian Center
• Jacki Rand, University of Iowa
• Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, University at Buffalo SUNY
• Beth Piatote, University of California, Berkeley
• Malinda Lowery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Saturday, April 18

9:00 am - 10:30 am

The Myth and Reality of an Indigenous Childhood
Endorsed by the History of Education Society
Chair: Brenda J. Child, University of Minnesota
Commentator: Philip J. Deloria, University of Michigan
American Indian Children at School: The Lethality of Off-Reservation Boarding Schools, 1879–1928
Preston McBride, University of California, Los Angeles
Impersonating Indians at Kanakuk Kamps: The Lessons of a Mythic Indigenous Childhood in Twentieth-Century America
Hunter M. Hampton, University of Missouri–Columbia
American Indian Children and Racial Reconciliation in the Late Twentieth Century
Margaret Jacobs, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

10:50 pm - 12:20 pm 

Ethnic Cleansing or Genocide? Native Peoples and the United States
Chair and Commentator: Marc Becker, Truman State University
How Anglo-American Settlers and Their Governments Committed Crimes against Native Americans—but Not Genocide
Gary Clayton Anderson, University of Oklahoma
U.S. Settler-Colonialism and Genocide Policies
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, California State University, East Bay
The Color of Violence: U.S. Native Histories and the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples Rights
Jennifer Denetdale, University of New Mexcio


1:50 pm - 3:20 pm 

Indigenous Rights and Resistance in Alaska (Twentieth Century)
Philip J. Deloria, University of Michigan
Commentator: Alexandra Harmon, University of Washington
"Who's an Alaskan Anyway?": Civil Rights and Local Hire on the Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline
Georgia Paige Welch, Duke University
"To Be a Full-Fledged Citizen": Alaska Native Civil Rights, U.S. Settler Colonialism, and the Politics of Land Ownership, 1943-1948
Jessica Arnett, University of Minnesota
Resisting Gendered Violence: Alaska Native Women during WWII
Holly Miowak Guise, Yale University

Memorializing Massacres in the American West
Sponsored by the OAH Committee on Public History
Chair: Ari Kelman, Penn State
• Thomas G. Andrews, University of Colorado
• Emily K. Harris, United Mine Workers of America
• Alexa Roberts, Bent's Old Fort and Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Sites