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Join Clifford Trafzer, UCR distinguished professor of history and the Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs, on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 2-3 p.m. as he talks about his latest book “Willie Boy & The Last Western Manhunt,” the true story of love, tradition, violence, and racism set over 100 years ago in Twentynine Palms.


“Willie Boy & The Last Western Manhunt” reframes the legend of Willie Boy, a young Chemehuevi man who killed William Mike, the father of the woman he loved, and was believed to have also murdered his beloved before being killed by law enforcement in the San Bernardino County mountains in 1909. Through interviews with members of local Native American communities, including members of the Mike family, and re-examinations of newspaper articles and official documents from Willie Boy’s time, Prof. Trafzer provides new insights into this story that’s been told many times in the last century but rarely from the Native American point of view.


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