Nila NorthSun

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Nila NorthSun
Saturday, November 19, 2011

Nila NorthSun is a Native American poet and tribal historian, one of the best-known figures in the Native American Renaissance. Her gritty, realistic poems about life both on and off the reservation have made her one of the most widely read of all Native American poets.

NorthSun was born in 1951 in Schurz, Nevada to a Shoshone mother and a Chippewa father, legendary Native American activist Adam Fortunate Eagle.

Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she is a graduate of the University of Montana-Missoula. In 2000 the "Friends of the Library" group at the University of Nevada honored her with the Silver Pen Award for outstanding literary achievement. Then-Governor Kenny Guinn appointed her to the Nevada State Arts Council that same year. In 2004, she received the "Indigenous Heritage Award in Literature" from ATAYL, an international agency.