Robert Caldwell


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Robert Caldwell


Robert Caldwell


Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb Louisiana
Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies


  • PhD, History, The University of Texas at Arlington, 2018
  • MA, Heritage Resources, Northwestern State University, 2011
  • MS, Labor Studies, The University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2003
  • BA, Anthropology and History, The University of New Orleans, 2001

Biographical Statement

Robert Caldwell is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb Louisiana. His first book, Choctaw-Apache Foodways received an award from the Louisiana Folklife Commission, and he was named culture bearer. He is co-founder of the HoMinti Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching his tribe’s traditional culture.  He enjoys playing Kabutcha Toli (southeastern stickball) and is honored to be a guest in Haudenosaunee lands. 

Research Area

Dr. Caldwell’s longstanding research projects consist of three categories: maps and Native representation; ethnohistorical research on behalf of my own tribal community, and Native migration to the near Southwest. 

Recent Publications

  • “Lewis and Clark Expedition” and “John Wesley Powell,” entries in History of Cartography, Vol. 5: The Cartography in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Roger J.P. Kain. University of Chicago Press, Forthcoming. 
  • “Filé Man: Colson’s Creole-Indigenous Continuity” Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Afro-Indigeneity and Community. Eds. Rain Prud’homme-Cranford, Andrew Jolivétte, and Darryl Barthé. University of Washington Press, 2021. 
  • “Persistence on the Edge: The Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb,” Native South. Vol. 19, 2020. 
  • “Choctaw Frontier: Incursions and settlement in Northwest Louisiana and East Texas, 1760-1836,” North Louisiana History Fall 2020. 

Awards and Grants

  • PI– Building a Haudenosaunee archive and resource collection at UB: Centering Haudenosaunee Partnerships and Data Sovereignty (Planning Grant). Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Public Knowledge Program, 2021
  • CoPI - Establishing an Indigenous Studies Department at University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2019
  • UB Inclusive Excellence Faculty Fellowship, 2017-2019.
  • Best First Book Prize - Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), 2017  

Courses Taught

  • Gender, Sexuality, Indigeneity 
  • Honoring Indigenous Women
  • Indigenous Knowledge and Methodology
  • Onkwehonwe Sovereignty and Nation Building
  • Critical Readings in Indigenous Scholarship
  • American Indian Resistance
  • Six Nations Peoples in Contemporary Times
  • Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Futures 

Professional Activities

  • Interim Co-Director, UB Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program
  • Member, Office of the President, University Police Advisory Committee
  • Member, Presidents Advisory Council on Race: Inclusive Space Subcommittee
  • Co-founder/Principal Coordinator, UB Haudenosaunee Native America Studies Research Workshop
  • Member, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association