City Indian

Native American Activism in Chicago, 1893-1934

David R. M. Beck

David BeckDavid R.M. Beck is an award winning historian and the author of several books, including Seeking Recognition: The Termination and Restoration of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siulaw Indians, 1855–1984 (Nebraska, 2009) and The Struggle for Self-Determination: Menominee Indian History since 1854 (Nebraska, 2005).

David works to identify and analyze American Indian agency in the course of tribal history. He is a historian with research interests in federal Indian policy, twentieth century American Indian history, tribal sovereignty, and urban Indian history. He has studied these fields in relation to the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, the southwest Oregon coast, and the Chicago American Indian community. In his teaching he attempts to provide students with the analytical tools and knowledge base to promote tribal community development.


Book Award

Winner of the 2016 Robert G. Ahearn Book Award from the Western History Association.

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