Introduction In March of 2002, a group of scholars and government representatives met at the University of Arizona in Tucson to discuss the possibility of a research initiative about American Indian and Black interaction in the 19th century American West. Scholars and administrators from the Department of Defense, the National Park Service, and various academic institutions including the universities of Arizona, Washington, Haskell Indian University in Kansas and Howard in Washington DC agreed on the following points:
* A program was needed that would put the dialogue concerning minority history in the AmericaWest in the hands of the minority students and institutions themselves.
* Black students and Indians students needed a forum in which they could speak to one another about their interrelated histories in the American West and about how their shared history contributed to the nation's history at large.
As a result, through the efforts of these institutions and the administrative efforts of the Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (CESU), the Warriors Project was created.