John Evans Study Committee
The John Evans Study Committee reviewed and reported on the history of John Evans, one of the founders of Northwestern University. More specifically, it examined the nature of Evans’ involvement in the Sand Creek Massacre of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians, which occurred in 1864 while he was governor of what was then the Colorado Territory, and his relationship then and later with Northwestern. This examination includes the question of whether any of his financial support for Northwestern is attributable to his policies and practices as territorial governor toward Native Americans.
As a result of this work, the Committee has provided the following report to the Provost: John Evans Study Committee Report. This report concludes the work of the Study Committee.
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Study Committee Members
- Carl Smith, Chair – English, American Studies, and History, Northwestern University
- Ned Blackhawk - History and American Studies, Yale University
- Loretta Fowler - Anthropology (Emerita), University of Oklahoma
- Peter Hayes - History, Northwestern University
- Frederick Hoxie - History, University of Illinois
- Andrew Koppelman – Law and Political Science, Northwestern University
- Elliott West - History, University of Arkansas
- Laurie Zoloth - Medical Ethics, Humanities, and Religion, Northwestern University
- Alexander Gourse, Graduate Research Fellow, History, Northwestern University
- Kevin Leonard, Northwestern University Archivist