In 1986, Patty Limerick and Charles Wilkinson founded the Center of the American West. The Center of the American West serves as a forum committed to the civil, respectful, problem-solving exploration of important, often contentious, public issues.
Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a Professor of History.
Charles Wilkinson practiced law with private firms in Phoenix and San Francisco and then with the Native American Rights Fund. In 1975, he became a Law Professor, teaching at the law schools of the University of Oregon, Michigan, and Minnesota before moving to Colorado in 1987 to joining the faculty of the CU Law School.