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xi Acknowledgments These papers emerged from the symposium “Why You Can’t Teach U.S. History Without American Indians,” held at the Newberry Library on May 3 and 4, 2013. The editors hope that this volume will encourage other university programs to join with the McNickle Center in developing seminars and publications that help change the teaching of U.S. history and benefit American Indian and indigenous people. This symposium was fully funded by Karen Klomparens, the dean of graduate studies at Michigan State University. Dean Klomparens has actively supported Native scholars and scholarship, and she has made it possible for faculty to reach out to a broader audience through her public support and financial endorsement of NCAIS and this symposium with the Newberry Library. The D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies organized the administrative details of this symposium, made possible by the former director, Dr. Scott Manning Stevens, and former program coordinator, Ms. Jade Cabagnot. We received numerous suggestions and recommendations from our commentators at the symposium, including Michael Witgen, Daniel Usner, Justin Richland, R. David Edmunds, Fred Hoxie, Cathleen Cahill, Robert Warrior, and Nancy Shoemaker. We also thank members of the audience for their engagement with the issues raised and the contribution of suggestions and comments. The Newberry Library has long been a forerunner and vital clearinghouse of ideas and resources in Native American studies due to its innovative programs and rich archival collections. Many of the images in this book come from the 130,000 volumes, over 1 million manuscript pages, 2,000 maps, 500 atlases, 11,000 photographs, and 3,500 drawings and paintings in the Newberry’s Edward E. Ayer Collection. Since Ayer donated his collection in 1911, the Ayer endowment fund enables this collection to grow. Newberry programs supporting scholarship, education , and public history depend on outside funding. The royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to the McNickle Center to secure funding so that more Native scholars can work at the Newberry. It is our hope that scholars and students who benefit from this volume will lend xii Acknowledgments their financial support to the McNickle Center. If you wish to donate to the Newberry, please see The Newberry Library financially supported publication of this volume . Encouragement and assistance from many staff members at the Newberry Library made this symposium possible, including president David Spadafora, vice president for development Daniel Greene, vice president for academic programs Diane Dillon, and the current McNickle Center staff, director Patricia Marroquin Norby and program assistant Nic Arms. Pete Nekola’s extensive work in the archives helped identify and locate many of the maps that are published in this book. Finally, the publication of this book owes a great deal to John Powell and Catherine Gass, who both located illustrations for this volume. It was Catherine Gass whose knowledge of the uncatalogued Ayers Modern Manuscript Collections provided scenes from urban Indian life in Chicago. Jacob Jurss, a graduate student in the Department of History at Michigan State University, was the research assistant for this project. He never tired in securing permissions and locating all the high-resolution images that were necessary to publish this volume. He worked on this enthusiastically and tirelessly for a full year. Financial support for this research assistantship was made possible through the efforts of Professor Walter Hawthorne, chair of the History Department, and Professor Pero Dagbovie, the department ’s graduate director. We are grateful to all the contributors who made this an outstanding symposium and whose hard work, innovative scholarship, and strong commitment to deadlines had allowed the timely publication of this volume. Why You Can’t Teach United States History without American Indians This page intentionally left blank ...


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