OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Frederick E. Hoxie

Portrait of Frederick E. Hoxie

Fred Hoxie is a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was formerly the Swanlund Professor of History, Law, and American Indian Studies. An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has served as a consultant both to Indian tribes and government agencies. His current research focuses on American Indian and indigenous political activism in the United States and beyond. His publications include A Final Promise: The Campaign to Assimilate the Indians (1984); Parading Through History: The Making of the Crow Nation in America, 1805-1935 (1995); Talking Back to Civilization: Indian Voices from the Progressive Era (2001); The People: A History of Native America (2007), with David Edmunds and Neal Salisbury; Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country (2007), with Jay Nelson; This Indian Country: American Indian Political Activists and the Place They Made (2012), which won the Western History Association's Caughey Prize, and The Oxford Handbook of American Indian History (2016).

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

How do the new realities of the Trump era affect Native people? This lecture reviews recent economic and political shifts as well as an evolving legal landscape to examine the prospects for Native sovereignty and Indian community development in the 21st century.
Can the colonized find justice in the courts of the conqueror? This lecture reviews Native American legal history, indicating areas where the courts have supported Indian sovereignty as well as when they have been sovereignty's enemy.
An overview of how historians in the United States have understood and described indigenous peoples. This review reveals the conflict between intellectual growth and popular intransigence and suggests how the Native American story might be told in a multicultural nation.
This lecture reverses the traditional view of the Lewis and Clark expedition by viewing this tiny American detachment from the perspective of Native Americans. Instead of a voyage through the 'wilderness,' the two-year journey was a diplomatic exploration of a foreign land: the Indian country.
From their first encounters with European travelers, Native Americans sought to describe themselves to the newcomers and, when possible, to help them understand the humanity of indigenous peoples. They eventually succeeded in that effort, but it took centuries. This lecture explores the many ways Indian leaders used words to combat colonialism and oppression.