Native Americans and the Railroad

Piute Indians At Reno. # 283, Photograph
Piute Squaws And Children At Reno. # 282, Photograph
Shoshone Indians Looking At Locomotive On Desert. # 323, Photograph
Shoshone Indians Ten Mile Canyon. # 342, Photograph
Indian Viewing R R From Top Of Palisades 435 Miles From Sacramento. # 340, Photograph

The contributions and responses of Native Americans to the building of the Transcontinental railroad have been the subject of an increasing amount of recent scholarly research. We provide a short list of resources to consult to learn more about these interactions in the building of the railroad and the complex and destructive impacts on these indigenous peoples. Importantly, a major symposium focusing on this topic will take place in Omaha, Nebraska, in September, 2019 titled Railroads in Native America: Reflections on the 150th Anniversary of Transcontinental Construction.


  • Charlotte K. Sunseri and 夏洛特 · 桑瑟里. 2015. “Alliance Strategies in the Racialized Railroad Economies of the American West / 美国西部种族化的铁路经济中的结盟策略.” Historical Archaeology 49 (1): 85.
  • Sunseri, Charlotte K. 2017. “Capitalism as Nineteenth-Century Colonialism and Its Impacts on Native Californians.” Ethnohistory 64 (4): 471.


Contemporary Resources