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Re: The Transcontinental Railroad - the Native American Experience

Dear Jonathan,

I'm afraid that I don't have any useful information for you, although this would be an excellent opportunity to incorporate oral history interviews into the exhibits. I study the impact of the railway on Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario, so I am eager to see what you come up with. Please keep us posted.


Re: The Transcontinental Railroad - the Native American Experience

The leading expert on this topic is Dr. Alessandra Link, whose book manuscript, "The Iron Horse in Indian Country: Native Americans and Railroads in the U.S. West, 1853-1924," explores how Native peoples adapted to and made use of the "railroad revolution" in the trans-Mississippi West. Dr. Link is currently a fellow at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies and can be reached at anlink@mail.smu.edu.