Laurie Arnold is an enrolled member of the Sinixt Band of the Colville Confederated Tribes. She is Professor of History and Director of Native American Studies at Gonzaga University.
In 2019-20 she held the Frederick W. Beinecke Senior Research Fellowship at Yale University and an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship. Her first book, Bartering with the Bones of Their Dead: The Colville Confederated Tribes and Termination, was published by the University of Washington Press. Her scholarship includes Colville author Mourning Dove, the Indigenous Columbia Plateau, Indian gaming, and articles on pedagogy and academic program development. Her current research considers how contemporary Native American playwrights are using theatre to tell Native narratives of the past and present.
Her publications have appeared in Time Magazine and in scholarly journals including Montana: The Magazine of Western History, the Western Historical Quarterly, and The Public Historian. She is a publicly engaged scholar and has collaborated on projects with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, the High Desert Museum, the History Colorado Center, and the National Council on Public History.
She holds a PhD in History from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Oregon State University.
• Bartering with the Bones of Their Dead: The Colville Tribes and Termination
, University of Washington Press 2012
• “More Than Mourning Dove: Christine Quintasket, Activist, Leader, Public Intellectual,” in Montana the Magazine of Western History, Montana Historical Society, Vol. 67, no. 1 (pp. 27-45) 2017
• “The Ground Floor of a Movement: The National Indian Gaming Association and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act,” in the Western Historical Quarterly, published by Oxford University Press Forthcoming Winter 2017
• “Finding Mourning Dove in the Lucullus V. McWhorter Papers,” in Collection Management, published by Taylor & Francis, co-authored with Cheryl Gunselman Forthcoming Summer 2017
• “Contextualizing Indian Gaming for the National Gambling Impact Study,” UNLV Center for Gaming Research Occasional Papers Series, No. 37, November 2016 2016
• “Finding Mourning Dove’s Authentic Voice: An Introduction through Letters and Manuscripts,” co-authored with Emma Noyes (Colville tribal member) and Ivy Wood (Gonzaga alumna), in Native Women of North America, Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires database, Alexander Street Press 2016
Solicited Contributions to Peer-Reviewed Publications
• Foreword, “Hang Them All”: George Wright and the Plateau Indian War
, 1858, University of Oklahoma Press, (p. xi). 2016