Greetings from 2017 President Susan Sleeper- Smith

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the American Society of Ethnohistorians, we hope you will join us in Winnipeg for the annual meeting hosted by the University of Manitoba on October 12-14. To register for the meeting please use the link below, where an exciting array of conference papers and excusions await.  You will find a meeting full of academically challenging panels and daytrips to the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives and National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.  We are hosting a very special banquet this year where during the dinner we will honor a series of outstanding scholars who have been luminaries of our profession and are now retired, they are our much respected elders who we hope you will join us in honoring. Please remember to sign up for the banquet so you can join us in applauding these well-deserved and outstanding women and men.

Our daytrip to the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives will include a tour of the records repository but also provides an opportunity to view the panoramic photographic display of “Remembering the First World War.” The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, hosted by the University of Manitoba, was created to preserve the memory of Canada’s Residential School System and contains records, photographs, and personal writings. It represents an incredible step forward in beginning the healing process for First Peoples, one which should serve as a model for the United States.

Our host for this event, Cary Miller, has been responsible for the local arrangements and coordinating the program.  Usually this has been accomplished by two people but Cary has been a dynamo of initiative and organization.  She accepted the chair of Native Studies and even before moving to the University of Manitoba began the hard work reflected in this exciting program.  We are staying at the Fairmont Winnipeg, a luxurious hotel at a reasonable price. As one of the surprises for the program Carrie has arranged not only a welcome reception the evening before the conference begins but as a highlight we will have a band and dancing on Friday evening.  So for those scholars who find themselves reluctant to join us on the dance floor please remember to sign up for those free Arthur Murray lessons at the same time as you purchase your plane ticket.  Remember this is Canada and for scholars coming from the United States your travel funds will go much farther in Canada.

2017 Conference
October 12-14, 2017
Fairmont Hotel
ᐄᐧᓂᐯᐠ Wînipêk Winnipeg, Manitoba
“Borders: Visible and Invisible”

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Susan Sleeper-Smith, Ph.D.
President of the American Society for Ethnohistory
Professor of History, Michigan State University

Announcement: Candidates for ASE Elections 2017

Running for the Office of President:

Nancy Shoemaker
University of Connecticut

She writes, “I attended my first Ethnohistory conference in 1988 in Williamsburg, Virginia, while a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, where I completed a Ph.D. in history in 1991. Since 1998, I have taught at the University of Connecticut. My scholarship has ranged from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries and from North America to the Pacific. I have published three monographs—American Indian Population Recovery in the Twentieth Century (1999), A Strange Likeness: Becoming Red and White in Eighteenth-Century North America (2004), and Native American Whalemen and the World: Indigenous Encounters and the Contingency of Race (2015)—and five edited volumes, most recently Living with Whales: Documents and Oral Histories of Native New England Whaling History (2014) and the co-edited collection Why You Can’t Teach United States History Without American Indians (2015). I am now finishing up a book on Americans in nineteenth-century Fiji. I have received research fellowships from the Monticello College Foundation at the Newberry Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Huntington Library, American Antiquarian Society, and Massachusetts Historical Society. Ethnohistory has always felt like home. Through its annual meetings and journal, the organization allows for in-depth conversations with people who know a lot about the particulars of one’s research topic. And more than any other conference I’ve attended, the culture of the annual meeting is welcoming, open-minded, and infused with a mentoring spirit.”

Running for the Office of Secretary:

Cary Miller
University of Manitoba

Cary Miller became the new Head of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba in July of 2017.  Previously she has taught for fifteen years in the History Department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she has served as the Director of American Indian Studies for five years.  Her work centers on traditional Anishinaabeg leadership and the ways that this transnational system of communities addressed the challenges of missionaries, treaties and settler-state borders in their midst in the early nineteenth century.  She earned her doctorate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Cary Miller published Ogimaag: Anishinaabeg Leadership, 1760–1845 with the University of Nebraska Press,reexamines Ojibwe leadership practices and processes in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It is a powerful and dynamic portrayal of Anishinaabeg life and leadership 

Running for the Two Positions for Councilor:

Cathleen Cahill
Pennsylvania State University

She writes, “I’m honored to have been nominated to serve on the council. I’ve been involved in Ethnohistory since the 2003 Riverside, California conference. As a nervous young grad student, I was introduced to a community of generous and thoughtful scholars, and I appreciate the opportunity to give back to the organization. I have been a professor of History at the University of New Mexico for thirteen years and am moving to Pennsylvania State University this fall. My scholarship has been focused on the intersections of gender, place, labor, and identity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the United States.

My first book, Federal Fathers and Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869-1933, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2011. I also co-edited a special issue of Frontiers on interracial relationships in Native North America. My current research explores the intersections of identity and political activism—specifically suffrage activism—of Native American, Asian American, Hispanic, and Black women in the early twentieth century. An additional project, Indians on the Road: Gender, Race, and Regional Identity, focuses on Indigenous mobility and the relationship between transportation technology and territorial claims on the West Coast.

I strive to engage in interdisciplinary conversations, for example I’ve been involved in the Newberry Library’s Consortium in American Indian Studies for many years. I have served on the Ethnohistory nomination committee and program committee (Santa Fe, 2005), and have also reviewed articles for the journal. If elected, my priority will be listening to members and bringing their ideas and input into the council meetings. I look forward to working with all the constituents of Ethnohistory to encourage continued innovation and outreach that will attract the next generation of scholars to our excellent organization.”

Ashley Riley Sousa
Middle Tennessee State University

She writes, “Ethnohistory is where I learned to be a member of a professional, scholarly community. I presented my first paper at the 2009 meeting in New Orleans while a graduate student at Yale University. From that point forward Ethnohistory has been my intellectual and professional home. My research focuses on interactions between California Indians and white and Native Hawaiian settlers in nineteenth-century California. I have published an article on the California Indian genocide in the Journal of Genocide Studies as well as an article on Native-settler intermarriage in Ethnohistory. My book project extends this theme, examining the construction of multi-ethnic indigenous communities and tribal identities in Central California in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My research has been generously supported by fellowships from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Huntington Library, and the American Antiquarian Society’s Phillips Fund for Native American Research. I have been privileged to serve Ethnohistory this past year, both as a member of the journal’s editorial board and as a member of the program committee and local arrangements committee for the 2016 meeting in Nashville. I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue serving an organization that has done so much to give young scholars a supportive environment to share their research and seek mentorship from an approachable community of established scholars.”

Carolyn Podruchny
York University

She writes, “As a lifetime member of the American Society for Ethnohistory, I am passionate about the field that seeks to assist Indigenous peoples in telling their own stories and that promotes interdisciplinary inquiry, methods, and analyses. The field of ethnoshistory inspired and guided my PhD, earned in 1999 at the University of Toronto in history, and has shaped my teaching in history departments at Western Michigan University (2001-04) and York University (2004-present). My research focuses on the relationships forged between Indigenous peoples and French newcomers in northern North America. My first monograph, Making the Voyageur World: Travelers and Traders in the North American Fur Trade (2006) examines French Canadian voyageurs that worked in the North American fur trade based out of Montreal, and ranging to the Great Lakes, the Great Plains, northern woodlands, and the subarctic. I have co-edited three books: Decentring the Renaissance: Canada and Europe in Multidisciplinary Perspective, 1500-1700 (2001), which examines colonial encounters in early Canada; Gathering Places: Aboriginal and Fur Trade Histories (2010), which illuminates theories and methodologies in ethnohistory in central North America, spanning the Canadian and U.S. borderlands; and Contours of a People: Metis Family, Mobility and History (2012), which traces Metis history in diverse corners of northwestern North America. I am currently writing a book about the meeting of stories in the fur trade, and the work stories perform in shaping encounters and making places. I have served as co-editor for Journal of the Canadian History Association / Revue de la Société historique du Canada and currently co-edit Histoire sociale / Social History. I served the ASE from 2004 to 2007 as its Secretary-Treasurer, from 2007 to 2008 as its Secretary, and from 2015 to 2017 as an editor for its journal. I am keen to continue my commitment to nurturing the growth of this discipline, which has helped me to celebrate Indigenous sovereignty and resistance, make sense of Canada’s colonial past, and to find a way forward in reconciliation by exploring the history of encounters and relationships.”

Dear members, having considered the candidates, please check your email for the link to vote.  Please vote by October 10, 2017.  If you are a member, and cannot find your email, please contact: ASE Secretary Cary Miller.

Forthcoming Publication: An Ethnohistorian in Rupert’s Land by Jennifer S. H. Brown



Athabasca University Press’s forthcoming publication, An Ethnohistorian in Rupert’s Land, is a collection of investigations by Jennifer S. H. Brown into the surprising range of interactions among Indigenous people and newcomers in the ancient homeland of the Cree and Ojibwe people that came to be called Rupert’s Land. For four decades, Brown has examined the complex relationships that developed among the Algonquian communities and the missionaries, anthropologists, and others who found their way into Indigenous lives and territories.

More than an anthology, An Ethnohistorian in Rupert’s Land illustrates Brown’s exceptional skill in the close study of texts—including oral documents, images, artifacts, and other cultural expressions—and elucidates the scholarly evolution of one of the leading ethnohistorians in Canada and the United States.

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Job Opportunity – Global & Intercultural Studies – Miami University

Global & Intercultural Studies:  Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies with a focus on the U.S., Latinidad, and the Américas to link the Latina/o experience in the United States to Latin American and Caribbean countries of origin. Among the ways to make those links could be through consideration of transnational processes, diasporic networks, global economic developments, remittances, US and Latin American foreign policies, immigration policy (in both U.S. and in sending countries), long distance nationalism, border relations, cultural practice and change, hometown associations, or cross-border organizing. We are also interested in those who engage issues of race and racialization of Latino/as in the US, as well as critical race/ethnic studies approaches to Afro-Latino/as and Afro-Latinidad. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary scholars with research experience grounded both in the United States and in Latin America or the Caribbean.  The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching, research, and service to the department, college, and university.

Require:   Ph.D. in Latin American Studies, anthropology, geography, history, comparative politics, languages, and literatures, or a closely related field, by date of appointment.

Consideration will be given to those with native or near-native fluency in Spanish; commitment to diverse curricula in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies, potentially contributing to interdisciplinary teaching and research in the department’s multiple programs: American Studies; Asian and Asian American Studies; Black World Studies; International Studies; Latin American, Latino/a and Caribbean Studies; and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Submit cover letter and curriculum vitae to

For inquiries about the position, contact Jana Braziel at Screening of applications will October 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University is committed to equal opportunity, affirmative action, and eliminating discrimination and harassment. Miami University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for all reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.

Miami University’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report with information on campus crime, fires, and safety may be found at: Hard copy available upon request. A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

Job Opportunity – Anthropology – University of Chicago

Position Description:
The Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago invites applications for a faculty position in Native American/indigenous studies. Areas of specialization might include, but are not limited to environmental and resource management studies, finance, gender and sexuality studies, globalization and indigenous-settler colonial relations, law and politics, and museum and visual studies. A goal of the search is to increase faculty diversity, and we therefore welcome applicants who come from historically underrepresented groups.

The successful candidate(s) will be appointed as either an Assistant Professor, or as a Provost Fellow with an initial two-year appointment at the faculty rank of Instructor. This initial period is intended to serve in lieu of a postdoctoral appointment for the same period, during which Provost Fellows will teach one class per year. At the end of the initial term, Provost Fellows will ordinarily be promoted to Assistant Professor.

Appointments may begin as early as July 1, 2018. Candidates are expected to have the PhD in hand, and no more than two years of postdoctoral experience by the time the appointment begins. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. Early submission is encouraged. Applications must be submitted through the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunities website,

Applications must include: (1) a current curriculum vitae, (2) a cover letter that describes your research, publication, and professional profile; your research and publication plans for the next 3-5 year period; and your plans for teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels, (3) a one-page précis of your dissertation (dissertation abstract) or most recently published monograph, (4) one sample of scholarly writing (a published article or unpublished paper or chapter), and (5) three letters of reference. Reference letter submission information will be provided during the application process.

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Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order of January 27, 2017

The American Society for Ethnohistory (ASE) objects strongly to President Donald J. Trump’s executive order of January 27, 2017, issued purportedly to safeguard the country “from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.” The broad-based international membership of our Society makes clear the significant and detrimental impact this order will have on thousands of innocent people, especially people housed in refugee camps across the world who have waited months, and sometimes years, for immigration interviews that have now been canceled. Furthermore, President Trump’s edict bars from entry travelers en route to the United States with valid visas or other pertinent documentation, especially students and academic colleagues, the very life-blood of our scholarly communities.

The ASE represents teachers and researchers who study and teach Indigenous histories; essential to our endeavor are on-going interactions with foreign colleagues and access to archives and conferences overseas. The executive order threatens global scholarly networks that our members have cultivated over decades. By establishing a religious test that favors Christians over Muslims from designated countries, this action jeopardizes the open exchange of ideas upon which all scholarship ultimately depends. It directly affects thousands of individuals currently studying in our universities and colleges, detracts from our ability to attract international students in the future, and undermines our ability to incorporate foreign born scholars in research activities of the utmost scientific caliber.

The ASE draws on the long standing Indigenous tradition of reaching out to people throughout the world who need our help and support. During the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s, more than a million people perished in Ireland when a blight decimated potato crops, the primary food source for almost half their population. The impoverished Choctaw Nation, shortly after being removed from their homelands and forced to walk the Trail Of Tears, scraped together $170 to send to Ireland to help feed starving people. Just when the Irish thought nobody cared, Native people from across the world reached out to lend a helping hand. A sculpture recently erected in Cork, Ireland pays tribute to the generosity of the Native American Choctaw. The ASE represents the global hand of friendship that reaches out to those refugees who are being thoughtlessly turned away by Trump’s executive order.

Sadly, President Trump issued his order on Holocaust Remembrance Day, when all Americans vividly recall the implications of such actions. America’s refusal to admit refugees during the 1930s denied entry to Jews and others fleeing Nazi Germany. Hostility toward a particular religious group combined with suspicions of disloyalty and potential subversion by supposed radicals slammed shut the door on millions of refugees. Many were subsequently murdered as part Nazi Germany’s “final solution” to the “Jewish question.” Many today who attempt to flee repressive regimes in the Mideast are condemned to similar fates.

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

If we are to honor these words, enshrined on our Statue of Liberty at the entrance to New York harbor, we must ask President Trump to revoke his executive order immediately. We call upon him to respect, and continue, the American and Indigenous traditions of welcoming the oppressed to our caring midst.