President Marcia M. Gallo presents the 2016 James V. Mink Award
to oral historian and filmmaker Virginia Espino at SOHA’s 35th Anniversary Celebration October 15, 2016.

SOHA scholarship and mini-grant award winners at the 35th Anniversary Celebration: (L-R) Hana Crawford, Davina Two Bears, Samuel Villarreal Catanach, Angel Hinzo, Elizabeth Berton-Reilly, Miguel Juarez


SOHA Awards, Scholarships & Mini-Grants

- Virginia Espino
EVA TULENE-WATT SCHOLARSHIP - Samuel Villarreal Catanach, Angel Hinzo & Davina Two Bear
MINI-GRANT - Dr. Lloyd Lee & Miguel Juárez
GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP - Elizabeth Berton-Reilly & Hana Crawford

2016 James V. Mink Award Recipient
Virginia Espino

Virginia Espino

Virginia Espino is a native daughter of California, born and raised in northeastern Los Angeles. She is an oral and public historian whose research focuses on health activism, motherhood, and the varied uses of public space. She earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University writing about population control politics and reproductive injustice during the 1970s. Her research has been published in the Chicano Studies Journal Aztlan. As a series leader for Latina and Latino History at UCLA’s Center for Oral History Research, she developed oral history series that document the California Latina/o community and helped the Center build a valuable archive for scholars and the public at large. Her investigation of the history of coercive sterilization at the Los Angeles-USC Medical Center provided the impetus for the award-winning documentary film, No Más Bebés/No More Babies, for which she is a Producer and Lead Historian. No Más Bebés was awarded the 2016 Erik Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians (OAH) as well as the 2016 John E. O'Connor Film Award in the documentary category from the American Historical Association (AHA). Dr. Espino currently is an adjunct professor teaching U.S. history at East Los Angeles College and Chicana/o studies at UCLA. 


Eva Tulene-Watt Scholarship Awardee Samuel Villarreal Catanach photo
2016 Eva Tulene-Watt Scholarship Awardee Samuel Villarreal Catanach

Samuel Villarreal Catanach

2016 Eva Tulene-Watt Scholarship Awardee Samuel Villarreal Catanach is from the Pueblo of Pojoaque, a small American Indian community located in northern New Mexico. He currently is a second year graduate student in the master's in American Indian Studies program at Arizona State University and his research focuses on the process of decolonization at the community level through the revitalization of Native languages, cultural practices, and value systems. In the fall he will be starting a graduate certificate program in Nonprofit Leadership and Management.

Eva Tulene-Watt Scholarship Awardee Angel Hinzo photo
2016 Eva Tulene-Watt Scholarship
Awardee Angel Hinzo

Angel Hinzo

Angel M. Hinzo (Winnebago/Ho-Chunk) was born in Sioux City, Iowa and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Native American Studies with a designated emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research at the University of California, Davis. She received her B.A. in history from the University of California San Diego and specializes in history and federal Indian policy from mid- 19th century to the present. Her dissertation “Voicing Across Space: Subverting Colonial Structures in Ho-Chunk/Winnebago Tribal History” is a historical narrative of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin that focuses on 20 th century history of the Ho-Chunk people with a focus on intertribal, state, and federal relations. Her research incorporates feminist and Indigenous methodologies through the use of archival research, analysis of secondary sources, and oral interviews. Her future research projects are to expand on oral interviews in documenting Ho-Chunk history. When Angel Hinzo is not working on research, she enjoys beading and other arts.

Eva Tulene-Watt Scholarship Awardee davina two bears photo
2016 Eva Tulene-Watt Scholarship
Awardee Davina Two Bear

Davina Two Bear

Davina is a member of the Navajo Nation and is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Archeology of the Social Context at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her experience is in cultural resource managament on the Navajo Reservation. She is working to incorporate Navajo oral history into her research of Navajo historical archeological sites. Specificallly, she has looked at the Indian Boarding school system combining archeological reconnaissance, archival research, historic preservation, and oral history to complicate the standard narratives of Indian Boarding Schools.

Dr Lloyd Lee 2016 SOHA Mini-Grant Awardee

2016 Mini-Grant Awardee
Dr. Lloyd Lee

Intermountain School Oral History Project
Dr. Lloyd Lee
University of New Mexico

This project will document thirty to fifty Navajo people who attended Intermountain School in the 1950s and early 1960s.  After World War II, the Navajo Nation sent thousands of their children to a “Special Navajo Program” at Intermountain School in Brigham City, Utah.  This “Special Navajo Program” was a federally funded vocational education program.  Students spent five years learning a vocational trade to help them live and work off the reservation.  From 1946 to 1959, more than 50,000 Navajo children enrolled in the special program.  The Navajo men and women who experienced Intermountain School impacted the Navajo Nation’s growth in the late twentieth century.

Miguel Juárez 2016 SOHA Mini-Grant Awardee

2016 Mini-Grant Awardee
Miguel Juárez

“Cultural Memory Along the U.S. /Mexico Borderlands”
Miguel Juárez, MLS, MA, Doctoral student
University of Texas at El Paso
My dissertation explores events regarding transportation building in Postwar El Paso from 1941 to 1944 as well as after the creation of the Interstate Highway Act in 1956 and the subsequent creation Interstate 10 and the North South Freeway (or US Highway 54) and Highway 110 in El Paso up to 1973.   The 1960s was a period of displacement of minorities along highway routes in the United States.   My dissertation discusses activities associated with making Lincoln Park into El Paso’s Chicano Park, as well as events associated with the floods in 2006 and the activism by the Lincoln Park Conservation Committee (LPCC) in reclaiming the neighborhood and fighting against the demolition of Lincoln Center up to 2016.


Miguel Juárez 2016 SOHA Mini-Grant Awardee

2016 General Scholarship Awardee
Elizabeth Berton-Reilly, M.Ed.

Elizabeth Berton-Reilly

Inspired by genealogy, family stories and folklore, I have spent a lifetime hunting stories and finding their meaning. Oral history is a natural extension of my passion. Born in Los Angeles and a veteran traveler, I have lived all over the United States and Germany. Through my travels and meeting very diverse people, I have found that through folklore and oral history, we all have similar stories. I am also a craft person, integrating my ancestor’s cultures into my work; I work in such mediums as grain for old European style wheat weavings, to beadwork, using First Nations and Métis designs. I have a master’s in education with an emphasis on heritage studies. I combine my passion for indigenous ways with oral history. I have studied extensively and taken courses in Native myth and folklore along with Native literature. I have also conducted two oral history projects: One for the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, New Hampshire focusing on Native American veterans, and a second one, focusing on northern New England Native American foodways.

I have also been published in the Summer 2016 Digest Foodways as well as their upcoming Fall edition.