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Dr. Alexandra Harmon Awarded Western History Association Robert G. Athearn Award in 2020

Submitted by Kai Wise on November 23, 2020 - 11:55am
Book Cover Reclaiming the Reservation with photo of Professor Harmon

Congratulations Dr. Alexandra (Sasha) J. Harmon for being awarded Western History Association Robert G. Athearn Award in 2020, for best book on the twentieth-century West Reclaiming the Reservation: Histories of Indian Sovereignty Suppressed and Renewed 

Dr. Alexandra (Sasha) Harmon has taught in the American Indian Studies Program since 1995 and just recently retired from full-time teaching. She received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1966. After graduating from Yale Law School in 1972, she advised and represented Indian tribes in Washington State for over 15 years. In 1988 she entered the graduate history program at the University of Washington in order to research and write about issues that arose for tribes during her years as an attorney. Dr. Harmon received her Ph.D. in History in 1995.

Dr. Harmon's research examines histories of American Indians, with specific attention to their relations with non-Indians, to changing legal cultures, to ethnic, racial, and tribal identities, and to influences of and changes in economic cultures.

In Reclaiming the Reservation, Alexandra Harmon delves into Quinault, Suquamish, and pan-tribal histories to illuminate the roots of Indians’ claim of regulatory power in their reserved homelands. She considers the promises and perils of relying on the US legal system to address the damage caused by colonial dispossession. She also shows how tribes have responded since 1978, seeking and often finding new ways to protect their interests and assert their sovereignty.

Find Professor Harmon on the Western History Association Athearn Awards Page!