American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award

The following is a list of noted scholars in the field who have won the award that exemplifies their superb scholarship and their dedication for “Helping Native American Students and advancing the Study of American Indian History.” The award winners have been chosen from a nomination and voting process by the committee consisting of previous award winners.  the past recipients of this award.

Past Recipients


2022 - J. KÄ“haulani Kauanui and Gary Clayton Anderson (San Antonio)

2021 - No Award (Portland)

2020 - Roger Nichols (Virtual)

2019 - Jeffrey Ostler (Las Vegas)

2018 - Clifford Trafzer (San Antonio)

2017 - Rayna Green (San Diego)

2016 - Patricia Albers (St. Paul)

2015 - Phil Deloria (Portland)

2014 - Jean M. O’Brien (Newport Beach)

2013 - Markku Henderickson (Tucson)

2012 - Fred Hoxie (Denver)

2011 - Colin Calloway (Oakland)

2010 - Tsianina Lomawaima (Lake Tahoe)

2009 - George Moses (Denver)

2008 - Theda Perdue (Salt Lake City)

2007 - Donald Fixico (Oklahoma City)

2006 - William T. Hagan (St. Louis)

2005 - Clara Sue Kidwell (Scottsdale)

2004 - Vine Deloria Jr. (Las Vegas)

2003 - Richard White (Fort Worth)

2002 - John Wunder (Colorado Springs)

2001 - Floyd O’Neil (San Diego)

2000 - Margaret Connell Szasz (San Antonio)

1999 - Peter Iverson (Portland)

1998 - David Edmunds (Sacramento)

1997 - Blue Clark (St. Paul)

The WHA is located in the Department of History at the University of Kansas.

The WHA is grateful to KU's History Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their generous support!


Western History Association

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