Donald L. Fixico, director of the Indigenous Nations Studies Program at Kansas University, has been named the Thomas M. Bowlus distinguished professor in American Indian History.
Awarded for the first time, the professorship includes an annual $10,000 salary stipend and a $5,000 research fund for at least five years.
Fixico, who joined the KU faculty in 1999, has written six books on 19th and 20th century American Indian history. He also is editor of the Indigenous Nations Studies Journal at KU.
KU's Indigenous Nations Studies Program encourages master's degree-level research in the traditions, diversity, cultural survival and aspirations for self-determination of American Indians.
Besides the professorship, the Thomas and Elva Bowlus estate will support fellowships for students in the Indigenous Nations Studies Program, and will support such areas as scholarships for Haskell students who want to attend KU.