april, 2020

09apr4:00 pm6:00 pm*CANCELLED* Recognition as “American” Indians: Yaqui, Cree, and Chippewa Fights for Belonging in Arizona and MontanaIn Partnership with the UA Department of History and American Indian Studies.Arizona History Museum

Event Details

Thursday, April 9 | Presentation and Q&A, 4–6 p.m.

Free parking available in the Main Gate Garage


The United States has historically categorized some Indigenous peoples who crossed the US-Mexico and US-Canada border as “foreign” Indians. Comparing the experiences of such groups, like Yaquis, Crees, and Chippewas in Arizona and Montana, reveal complex 19th and 20th-century histories of border-crossing, immigration, refugees, labor, and identity. Their fights for recognition as “American” Indians teaches us about blind-spots in US immigration policy and American Indian affairs that continue to resonate today. 

Brenden W. Rensink (Ph.D., 2010) is Associate Director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies and Associate Professor of History at Brigham Young University. He is author of the award-winning book Native but Foreign: Indigenous Immigrants and Refugees in the North American Borderlands (2018), Project Manager and General Editor of the Intermountain Histories digital public history project, and Host and Producer of the Writing Westward Podcast.Brenden Rensink Native But Foreign



Please call (520) 628-5774 or email Jaynie at [email protected].

**This event is cancelled**


(Thursday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Arizona History Museum

949 E. 2nd Street

Arizona Historical Society