For our latest podcast, we interview Erika Bsumek, Professor of History at the University of Texas, about her brand new book The Foundations of Glen Canyon Dam: Infrastructures of Dispossession on the Colorado Plateau. In the conversation, we discuss the ways that Glen Canyon Dam was the culmination of a century of dispossession of the tribes, largely by the Mormon population of Utah and northern Arizona, but with a heavy assist from the federal government. We also talk about the different infrastructures, not just the dam itself, but legal and political infrastructures, dispossess the tribes in the Southwest. Finally, we put this in the context of the struggle to create and then preserve Bears Ears National Monument and how the tribes fight back against the dispossession they face. Check it out!
Here is the transcript.