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Dave Beck

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Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright St
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801
Professor
Affiliate Faculty, Program in American Indian Studies

Biography

David R. M. Beck is the author and co-author of several award-winning books on the history of federal American Indian policy and urban American Indian history, including The Struggle for Self-Determination and City Indian. His book, Unfair Labor?, which Curtis Hinsley called “a master class in historical research and interpretation,” analyzes the labor and economic history of American Indian and Indigenous people who worked at and for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. His most recent book, Bribed with Our Own Money, examines federal use of coercion and bribery in an effort to eliminate the U.S. relationship with American Indian nations in the 1950s and 1960s. Dr. Beck taught in the Native American Studies Department at the University of Montana for more than two decades, and prior to that at NAES (Native American Educational Services) College and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

 

Research Description

Dr. Beck’s current book project focuses on the U.S. government's treatment of Indigenous peoples of the Pacific and on the continent during the Cold War.

 

Education

B.A. Northwestern University, American Culture

M.A. University of Illinois at Chicago

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago

Highlighted Publications

Books

“Bribed with Our Own Money:” Federal Abuse of American Indian Funds in the Termination Era. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2024. Also available as an e-book

Unfair Labor? American Indians and the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2019. Also available on Kindle. Issued in paper 2023

With Rosalyn R. LaPier. City Indian: Native American Activism in Chicago, 1893-1934. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015. Also available on Kindle. Issued in paper 2020.  Winner of Robert G. Athearn Book Award, Western History Association

Seeking Recognition: The Termination and Restoration of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, 1855-1984. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009. Issued on Kindle 2010

The Struggle for Self Determination: History of the Menominee Indians Since 1854. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005. Issued in paper 2007.  Winner of Wisconsin Historical Society Book Award

Siege and Survival: History of the Menominee Indians, 1634-1856. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002.  Winner of Wisconsin Historical Society Book Award of Merit

The Chicago American Indian Community, 1893‑1988: Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Sources in Chicago. Chicago: NAES College Press, 1988. Preface by Sol Tax