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"Herman's narrative of the tumultuous experiences of the Dilzhe'e and Yavapai bands is exceptionally interesting and extremely important to the growing body of literature on Native peoples in Arizona."

—Jeffrey P. Shepherd


Author Daniel Herman wins prestigious award

Dr. Daniel Herman, professor of history at Central Washington University, is the winner of the 5th Labriola Center National Book Award for his 2012 book Rim Country Exodus: A Story of Conquest, Renewal, and Race in the Making published by the University of Arizona Press.

In Rim Country Exodus, Herman examines the complex, contradictory, and very human relations between Indians, settlers, and Federal agents in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Arizona—a time that included Arizona’s brutal Indian wars. But while most tribal histories stay within the borders of the reservation, Herman also chronicles how Indians who left the reservation helped build a modern state with dams, hydroelectricity, roads, and bridges. With thoughtful detail and incisive analysis, Herman discusses the complex web of interactions between Apache, Yavapai, and Anglos that surround every aspect of the story.

Books awarded the Labriola Center National Book Award Books cross multiple disciplines or fields of study, are relevant to contemporary North American Indian communities, and focus on modern tribal studies, modern biographies, tribal governments or federal Indian policy. The author receives a cash prize and an invitation to speak at the award announcement ceremony at Arizona State University.

Dedicated in 1993, the Labriola National American Indian Data Center in the Arizona State University (ASU) Libraries is one of the only repositories within a public university library devoted to American Indian collections. The Labriola Center holds both primary and secondary sources on American Indians across North America. The Center's primary purpose is to promote a better understanding of American Indian language, culture, social, political and economic issues. The Labriola National American Indian Data Center has been endowed by Frank and Mary Labriola whose wish has been that “the Labriola Center be a source of education and pride for all Native Americans.”

Arizona State University is committed to American Indian scholarship and offers several academic programs led by noted American Indian faculty including a Bachelors of Science degree in American Indian Studies, an Indigenous Teacher Preparation Program, an American Indian nursing program, and the Indian Legal Program.

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