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Protestors against the Dakota Access Pipeline march past San Francisco City Hall

Protestors against the Dakota Access Pipeline march past San Francisco City Hall, 2016 (Photograph by Pax Ahimsa Gethen via Wikimedia Commons under CC BY-SA 4.0)

To recognize Native American Heritage Month, the Process staff has compiled a list of posts on Native American history published by our blog. These essays cover a range of topics from food to questions of pedagogy, and offer resources for historians hoping to rethink how they write, teach, and engage with Indigenous history.

Gregory Smithers’s “Teaching Native American History in a Polarized Age” considers the necessity and challenges of teaching Native American history in the college classroom.

Adam Jortner’s “Native American History is the Answer to Your Coverage Problems” features lesson plans that center Native American History as a part of all U.S. history.

Michael Wise’s “Native Foods and the Colonial Gaze” invites scholars writing the history of food to center Native experiences and identities instead of following a problematic “chronicle of disaster, decline and “‘rediscovery.’”

For Native American Heritage Month, 2022, the staff at Process are also delighted to share OAH President Phillip J. Deloria’s 2022 Presidential Address, “Indigenous/American Pasts and Futures.”

As Deloria described his talk:

In my presidential address to the 2022 OAH annual meeting, I propose ways that deeper engagements with Native American pasts can transform the teaching and scholarship of American history. I lay out a tool kit for such engagements, one that includes a consideration of narrative politics, a rethinking of the Constitution, a land-based reading of American empire and colonialism, a speculative account concerning the possibility of Native American states, and a list of subjects that might be transformed through new, more inclusive interpretations of the past.

The presidential address ran in the September 2022 issue of the Journal of American History. It is freely accessible until December 1st, 2022.

Process would like to feature more Native American history throughout the year. If you are interested in submitting a piece to our blog, please see our submission guidelines.