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College of Arts and Sciences American Studies

Hearing the whispers

Annita LucchesiThe Indian name of Annita Lucchesi (’16 MA Amer. Studies), who is a Southern Cheyenne descendant, is Hetoevėhotohke’e—which translates to the peaceful sounding Evening Star Woman. But Lucchesi calls herself mé’êśko’áe—a hellraiser girl, one who is always stirring things up.

In November 2018, Lucchesi produced a groundbreaking report on missing women that was published by the Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board. U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer, » More …

Losing Eden: An Environmental History of the American West

Book cover of "Losing Eden"The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition welcomed millions of people to Chicago to celebrate the rise of industrial America, the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival on the continent, and the romanticization of the “frontier” West. Historian Frederick Jackson Turner presented his thesis that the western advance into a wild and savage frontier defined the American spirit, and the idea took hold in the national imagination.

Historian Sara Dant (’91, ’00) pulls the curtain away from those oft-spun tales of an unspoiled American West in this book about the interaction between people and nature over time. As she examines “deep” history, it’s clear that the myth of virgin territory ignores Native American influence on the region. » More …