The Department of the Interior and the American West: A Tale of Bureaucracy and Passion - History Colorado Center

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The Department of the Interior was founded in 1849, soon after the United States acquired an enormous parcel of land in the West.  Interior agencies like the General Land Office and the Office of Indian Affairs were organized to deal with this vast land empire and its inhabitants.  Over time, other agencies have played a role in the settlement of the West, including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Fish and Wildlife Service.  Join Dr. Patty Limerick, faculty director of the Center for the American West at the University of Colorado at Boulder, as she discusses her forthcoming book, Exploring the Interior, with the focus on the department's work in Colorado.