President/CEO & Principal Historian - Missoula Office
Straight out of college, Emily landed a job doing historical research for the Washington, DC, law firm of Sonosky, Chambers, and Sachse. She returned to school and earned her PhD at Yale University, where she studied Native American history, environmental history, and history of the American West. Emily then spent seven years on the faculty of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, with a joint appointment in History and Ethnic Studies. She is the author of Reconfiguring the Reservation: The Nez Perces, Jicarilla Apaches, and the 1887 Dawes Act (University of New Mexico Press, 2002), a history of the federal government’s attempt to privatize Indian land ownership.
Emily joined HRA in 2002 and conducts research and writing for attorneys, tribes, and government clients in the areas of Native American and environmental history. She has served as an expert witness in litigation involving treaty rights, reservation boundary issues, tribal membership, and Superfund sites.
In her free time, Emily plays ice hockey and serves on the board of the Women’s Hockey Association of Missoula.