We hope that this gathering will inspire and generate conversations about the impacts of railroads in Indigenous communities. We have a total of twenty-seven presenters representing 10 federally recognized tribes from around the country and even have four Native American students presenting.

We are grateful for the support from Utah’s eight federally recognized Tribes, including the Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation, whose ancestral land the gathering takes place on. We hope you walk away learning something new and inspired to continue learning about Native history from Native people and recognizing that Native American History is American History.

COVID 19 Statement: We are a mask friendly event and ask everyone to be sensitive to our guests and speakers.

Event Location:
Browning Theater, Ogden Union Station,
 2501 Wall Avenue, Ogden, UT 84401


We are bringing together Native and non-Native scholars, students, artists, musicians, tribal citizens, tribal government representatives, and the general public. This 2nd gathering and symposium invite conversation about the fraught and dynamic relationship between Native peoples and railroads. The gathering is to be inclusive, intergovernmental, and interdisciplinary. The symposium is hosted by the Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement, the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, the Ogden Union Station, and other partners.

The First "Railroads in Native America Symposium"

Do you want to learn about the first Railroads in Native America Symposium? Its complete title was: “Railroads in Native America: Reflections on the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Construction,” and was held in Omaha, Nebraska on September 12-15, 2019. Click here to learn more.


Our Railroads in Native America Steering Committee

Dr. Alessandra La Rocca Link, Historian, Indiana University-Southeast, Louisville, Kentucky. Michael Gross (Shoshone), Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation former Vice Chairman/Secretary, Ogden, Utah. Dr. Farina King (Diné), Assistant Professor of History, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Jenna Valadez, Former Manager CONAH (Union Pacific Railroad Council of Native American Heritage), Omaha, NE. Franci Lynn Taylor (Choctaw) former Executive Director of the American Indian Resource Center at the University of Utah. Dr. Andrew Curley (Diné) Geography Department (Indigenous Geographies) University of Arizona. Mark Weekley, Superintendent, Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, National Park Service, Omaha, Nebraska. Brandon Flint, Superintendent, Golden Spike National Historical Park, Promontory Summit, Utah. Patricia LaBounty, Curator, Union Pacific Railroad Museum, Council Bluff, Iowa. James Toledo (Diné) Program Specialist (representing director Dustin Jansen) Utah Division of Indian Affairs, SLC, Utah. Holly Andrews, Curator, Union Ogden Station, Ogden Utah. Greg Seppi, Librarian/Curator, BYU L. Tom Perry Special Collections Library. Dr. Cassandra Clark, Public Historian, Utah Division of Indian Affairs, Salt Lake City, Utah. Brad Westwood, Senior Public Historian (Secretary to the Committee), Utah Department of Culture and Community Engagement. Catherine Aviles, Writer, Editor, Webmaster, Utah Department of Culture and Community Engagement.