Why You Can’t Teach United States History without American Indians

For too many students, teachers, and scholars of U.S. history, Native American history has been at best an add-on – a subject dealt with at the margins of other topics. This webinar brings together four dynamic scholars to talk together about the methods and questions that are challenging this marginalization and to show why you can’t teach U.S. history without American Indians.

This webinar is part of Our Shared Future, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s ongoing effort to educate the campus and the broader community on the Ho-Chunk Nation, the eleven other First Nations within the borders of Wisconsin, and the history they share with the university.

Pictured above: Aaron Bird Bear helps Demetria Abangan-Brown Eagle create a crayon rubbing on paper during the dedication last June of the “Our Shared Future” heritage marker on Bascom Hill. Bird Bear was an assistant dean at the School of Education at the time of the dedication ceremony. He has since been named UW–Madison’s first director of tribal relations. PHOTO: BRYCE RICHTER

Event Details

3 to 4:30 PM CDT



Online Webinar: info@wisconsinhistory.org

The webinar will be moderated by Stephen Kantrowitz, Plaenert-Bascom Professor of History and faculty affiliate in Afro-American Studies and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.


Four photographs of panelists Ellis, Kiel, Miron, Suarez

Prof. Elizabeth Ellis is assistant professor of history at New York University and is at work on a book on how Louisiana’s small Native American nations shaped colonization and resistance during the eighteenth century.

Prof. Doug Kiel is a citizen of the Oneida Nation and assistant professor of History at Northwestern University. He is at work on a book entitled, “Unsettling Territory: Oneida Indian Resurgence and Anti-Sovereignty Backlash.”

Dr. Rose Miron is Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago, where the book that inspired this webinar began. Her upcoming book, “Indigenous Archival Activism: Reclaiming Native History in the Mohican Tribal Archive and Beyond,” is under contract with the University of Minnesota Press.

Prof. Sasha Maria Suarez is assistant professor of History and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is at work on a book about White Earth Ojibwe women’s roles in creating Ojibwe and intertribal community in twentieth-century Minneapolis.