Donald L. Fixico Award

In 2018 the Western History Association presented the first Donald Fixico Award. The Donald Fixico Book Award ($1000) recognizes innovative work in the field of American Indian and Canadian First Nations History that centers Indigenous epistemologies and perspectives. The award honors Dr. Fixico's prolific scholarly legacy and celebrates the vibrant future of the field. Books that address Indigenous history in the United States and Canada are eligible for the award.  

All submissions must have a 2020 publication date. Presses should submit nominations and a copy of the volume to each member of the award committee listed below. While the formal process requires presses/journals to submit the work of their authors, the WHA strongly recommends that authors check with the award committee chair a week before the deadline to see if they received a copy of their work.

-2021 Awards Cycle opens January 25, 2021

-2021 Award Submission (Postmark) Deadline: April 15, 2021

The WHA office sends award notifications in August. View past recipients.

Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert

University of Arizona

Department of American Indian Studies

218 Harvill Building
1103 E 2nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85721

Julie Reed
Pennsylvania State University


Douglas Miller

Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University

History Department

101 Social Sciences and Humanities Building

Stillwater, OK 74078

Donald L. Fixico

Donald L. Fixico (Shawnee, Sac and Fox, Muscogee Creek and Seminole) is Regents and Distinguished Foundation Professor of History. He is a policy historian and ethnohistorian. His work focuses on American Indians, oral history and the U.S. West. Professor Fixico has worked on 25 historical documentaries. He has published 15 books: "American Indians in a Modern World" (2008); "Treaties with American Indians: An Encyclopedia of Rights, Conflicts and Sovereignty, 3 volumes," (Ed, 2007); "Daily Life of Native Americans in the Twentieth Century" (2006); "The American Indian Mind in a Linear World: American Indian Studies and Traditional Knowledge" (2003); "The Urban Indian Experience in America" (2000); "The Invasion of Indian Country in the Twentieth Century: Tribal Natural Resources and American Capitalism" (1998), 2nd ed., 2011; "Rethinking American Indian History," (Ed. 1997); "Urban Indians" (1991); "An Anthology of Western Great Lakes Indian History," (Ed. 1988); and "Termination and Relocation: Federal Indian Policy, 1945-1960" (1986). His books also include, "Call for Change: The Medicine Way of American Indian History, Ethos and Reality" (June 2013) and "Indian Resilience and Rebuilding: Indigenous Nations in the Modern American West" (2013), see Cspan and "That's What They Used To Say: Reflections on American Indian Oral Traditions" (2017) and "Indian Treaties in the United States" (Ed. 2018).   

Prior to Arizona State University, Professor Fixico was the Thomas Bowlus Distinguished Professor of American Indian History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholar and founding director of the Center for Indigenous Nations Studies at University of Kansas. He has received postdoctoral fellowships at University of California-Los Angeles and The Newberry Library, Chicago. Professor Fixico has been a visiting lecturer and visiting professor at University of California-Berkeley; University of California-Los Angeles; San Diego State University and University of Michigan. He was an exchange professor at University of Nottingham, England and Visiting Professor in the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Freie University in Berlin, Germany. In 2000, President Clinton appointed Professor Fixico to the Advisory Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities and in 2002 he was the John Rhodes Visiting Professor of Public Policy in the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. In 2006, the Organization of American Historians awarded a short-term residency award to Professor Fixico to give lectures for two weeks in Japan. Professor Fixico has given lectures nationally and internationally and works with tribes and indigenous organizations. In 2012, he lectured at Sichuan University in China and Auckland University in New Zealand in 2013.

Past Recipients

2020 Philip J. DeloriaBecoming Mary Sully: Toward an American Indian Abstract (University of Washington Press, 2019) 

2019 | Lisa Brooks, Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War (Yale University Press, 2018) 

2018 | Rosalyn R. LaPier for Invisible Reality: Storytellers, Storytakers, and the Supernatural World of the Blackfeet (University of Nebraska Press, 2017)

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