Native American Heritage Month

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For Native American Heritage Month 2011, the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education website celebrates 30 individuals.

The lives of these Americans are worthy of celebration and further study, which our short profiles hope to encourage. The women and men included are writers, editors, journalists, publishers, trailblazers and change makers. They remind us of the rich contributions Native Americans make and have made in the world of words.

This is by no means a definitive or exhaustive listing. It’s a starting point for learning, comment & discussion during Native American Heritage Month, when our nation pays a little more attention to issues of diversity. Be heard. Tell us what you think & what we can learn!

** You can also view our other Native American History Month features 2012, 2013. **

Paula Gunn Allen
October 31, 2011
Paula Gunn Allen was a Native American poet, literary critic, lesbian activist, and novelist.Allen's studies would eventually result in The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions, a controversial text which argues that... more »
Jim Barnes
November 1, 2011
Jim Barnes is a Native American author born near Summerfield, Oklahoma (in Le Flore County) and is of Choctaw and Welsh heritage. He received his BA from Southeastern State College in Durant, OK (now Southeastern Oklahoma State University) in 1964... more »
Betty Louise Bell
November 2, 2011
Betty Louise Bell is a scholar and fiction writer of Cherokee ancestry. Bell is director of the Native American Studies Program and assistant professor of American culture, English, and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her... more »
Joseph Bruchac
November 3, 2011
Joseph Bruchac is a writer of books relating to the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, with a particular focus on northeastern Native American and Anglo-American lives and folklore. He has published works of poetry, novels, and short stories. He is... more »
Phillip Djwa
November 3, 2011
Phillip Djwa has been working for more than 18 years in the high-technology industry. During this time, Phillip has worked on a wide range of technology and web-integrated communications projects in senior positions from Fortune 500 (AT&T), high... more »
Lori Edmo-Suppah
November 4, 2011
Lori Edmo-Suppah is the editor the Sho-Ban News, the weekly newspaper of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes located in Fort Hall, Idaho. She is a graduate of the University of Montana, Missoula and has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She’s served nine... more »
Chris Eyre
November 5, 2011
Chris Eyre, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, is a film director and producer.His films focus on all aspects of contemporary Native American life, while dispelling the usual stereotypes. Eyre's debut film, Smoke Signals (1998),... more »
Tim Giago
November 6, 2011
Tim Giago, also known as Nanwica Kciji, is an American Oglala Lakota journalist and publisher. In 1981, he founded the Lakota Times at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where he was born and grew up. It was the first independently owned Native... more »
Stephen Graham Jones
November 7, 2011
Stephen Graham Jones is a Blackfeet Native American author of experimental fiction, horror fiction, crime fiction, and science fiction. He shares a fan base with fellow authors Will Christopher Baer and Craig Clevenger known as The Velvet. November... more »
William Least Heat-Moon
November 8, 2011
William Least Heat-Moon, the byname of William Lewis Trogdon  is an American travel writer of English, Irish and Osage Nation ancestry. He is the author of a bestselling trilogy of topographical U.S. travel writing.Blue Highways, which spent 34... more »