Paul VanDevelder, Writer, producer

Paul VanDevelder, investigative reporter, filmmaker, photojournlist, and author of Savages and Scoundrels: The Untold Story of America's Road to Empire through Indian Territory (Yale University Press, April 2009) will serve as the project's writer and co-producer.  Savages and Scoundrels (the book), which was commissioned by Yale University Press for their American History series and won an Oregon Book Award in 2011, grew out of the research and scholarship begun in his critically acclaimed book Coyote Warrior: One Man, Three Tribes, and the Trial that Forged a Nation. Much of the material he brought together in both the book and on this website was gathered from primary source material, government documents and reports, letters and reports from Indian agents in the field,  hundreds of interviews, and the work of legal experts such as the late Vine Deloria Jr., author and legal scholar Charles Wilkinson, Professor Raymond Cross, historian Patricia Limerick, and ethnographer, Raymond DeMallie.  Paul writes for Audubon, Forbes, American History magazine, among many others, and is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times on resource law and public lands policy.  Paul has also collaborated on many projects with producer Raymond Chavez, including as writer and co-producer for the feature documentary film, Journey to Medicine Wheel.  Mr. VanDevelder has also collaborated as a writing consultant and on-camera historian for Carlos Peinado's award winning documentary film, Waterbusters. The author's website features examples of his writing at:  The creative team enlisted the services of the web design company, Proworks, to build the website to support both the film and the educational outreach that goes hand-in-hand with this multi-dimensional media project.