Andrew B. Russell

Andrew (Andy) Russell teaches history at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque. He earned his Ph.D. in history at Arizona State University and has published several articles on Japanese Americans of the Interior West.

Updated April 2008

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The Nikkei in New Mexico

New Mexicans were celebrating their racial and cultural diversity long before most other Americans. Often described as a “tri-cultural society,” comprised of Native Americans, Hispanics, and Anglos, the New Mexico mosaic is actually much more complex. This part of the Southwest is the ancestral homeland of a variety of Indian people, including the Pueblo, Navajo, Apache, and Comanche. Over four hundred years ago, it became the northern frontier of Spain’s vast empire, settled by people already representing Spanish, Indian, African, and mixed bloodlines. The “conquest” of the Southwest by the Americans in the 1800s brought new multitudes to the military …

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