Be a Part of the Gathering: Railroads in Native America (2) Described on PBS Utah “Contact”

James Toledo (Diné) Program Manager, from the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, describes for PBS Contact host Mary Dickson, the free history event Railroads in Native America (Click Here to watch this three minute interview), May 19-21, 2022 at the Ogden Union Station.

Dickson and Toledo begin the discussion by making reference to the 2019 150th anniversary celebration regarding the completion of the world’s first transcontinental railroad (see which was completed in Utah in 1869, at what is now the Golden Spike National Historical Park. Amid the clamor and celebration, what was largely left out were Native American voices, the impacts, the adverse effects which followed White settler expansion, after this 19th century technology was introduced.  There are both negative and positive stories that will be told here.

Presentations at the Gathering (fieldtrip and 1 1/2 day symposium) include a diverse group of Native American scholars (Native and non-Native), tribal leaders, educators and performers, coming to Ogden, Utah from across the Intermountain West, the United States and Canada.

This is a Native American focused and directed history event, national in scope, and offered within the Intermountain West. Be a part of this historical event! Here is how to register Click Here.

Who are the supporters and financial underwriters for this event? Click Here and scroll to the bottom of the page.