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History | Ryan W. Booth (Upper Skagit)

Wilson-Short Hall 318



Ph.D. Washington State University, 2021

Academic & Professional

Dr. Booth specializes in the history of the US in the nineteenth century and early twentieth up to World War I. His two primary interests are in Indigenous and military history. He teaches the early US history survey to 1877, Civil War & Reconstruction, US military history survey, and courses for history majors. He is also part of the WSU Native Programs faculty and teaches a special course for the Tribal Nation Building Program, which focuses on the training of future tribal leaders. In 2019-2020, Dr. Booth served as a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow based in Kolkata, India. Dr. Booth (Keahu) is a member of the Upper Skagit Tribe in NW Washington.

Research Interests

Dr. Booth is currently revising his dissertation, “Crossed Arrows: The US Indian Scouts, 1866-1947,” into a monograph. His dissertation explored the military service of two tribes, the Northern Cheyenne & White Mountain Apache, as representative of the complicated story of US Empire, the martial race theory, and military service as a means to greater Indigenous self-sufficiency.

Stemming from some of his earlier interests and connection with the Jesuits, Dr. Booth has been working on a project to research Jesuit Native American Boarding Schools in the Pacific Northwest. This project is part of a larger effort by the US Department of the Interior to examine the historical legacy of the boarding schools and to help identify gravesite locations and student identities within historical archives.

Peer Reviewed Articles:

“Fort Keogh’s Commissary: A Global Market on the Great Plains” in Montana: The Magazine of Western History (Spring 2020)


Raymond Callahan & Daniel Marston, The 1945 Burma Campaign and the Transformation of the British Indian Army, Modern War Studies Series (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2021) in H-Net (

Nina Sanders, Apsáalooke Women and Warriors (Chicago: Field Museum, 2020-2021) in The Public Historian 43:4 (November 2021): 93-96.

William C. Meadows, The First Code Talkers: Native American Communicators in World War I (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2021) in Journal of Military History 85:3 (July 2021), 823-825.

Jerome A. Greene, January Moon: The Northern Cheyenne Breakout from Fort Robinson, 1878-1879 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2020) in Nebraska History 102:2 (Summer 2021), 99-100.