William Bauer is an enrolled citizen of the Round Valley Indian Tribes and a professor of American Indian history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research examines the history of Indigenous People, work, oral history and sovereignty in the American West. Bauer is the author of We Are the Land: A Native History of California, with Damon Akins, (2021), California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History (2016), and “We Were All Like Migrant Workers Here”: Work, Community and Memory on California’s Round Valley Reservation, 1850-1941 (2009) as well as peer-reviewed articles in the Western Historical Quarterly, Journal of the West and Labor. Bauer has served on OAH's African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American (ALANA) Historians and Histories committee and the American Historical Association’s Committee on Minority Historians as well as the councils of the Western Historical Association and the American Society of Ethnohistory.
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the United States incarcerated American Indians on reservations and circumscribed tribal sovereignty. These actions produced catastrophic population decline, poverty, and political impotence. Using the history of the Wright family on California’s Round Valley Reservation, this lecture examines the ability of one family to navigate life on a reservation.