College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

Photo: Orlan SvingenOrlan Svingen

Professor of History
Wilson-Short Hall 321 – 509-335-5205


Ph.D., University of Toledo, 1982

Academic & Professional Interests

Svingen teaches public history and United States history, and he has a research and publication interest in American Indian history.


Svingen's publications include The Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, 1877–1900 (University Press of Colorado, 1994); The History of the Idaho National Guard (Idaho Military Division, 1995); and Splendid Service: A History of the Montana National Guard, 1867–1991 (Washington State University Press, 2010 - Video). He has published scholarly articles in Western Historical Quarterly, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, American Indian Quarterly, and Montana: The Magazine of Western History.

Svingen works for the Lemhi Shoshone people of Idaho in their ongoing effort to regain federal recognition. See the official Web site of the Fort Lemhi-Shoshone Indian Community at













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