Authors to Note for Native American Heritage Month

November was designated as a time to celebrate Native American and Alaskan heritage 31 years ago. We can celebrate the original stewards of this land that we call home every day by recognizing, respecting and supporting their culture year-round. Take a look below at the works of indigenous authors, some long-careered and others recently published. Dive into their back catalog or be on the lookout for their next releases.

Joy Harjo - First Native American to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate; Muscogee Creek Nation.

Recent book: Living Nations, Living Words

Louise Erdritch - Renowned best-selling contemporary author; Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

Recent book: The Night Watchman

Stephen Graham Jones - Preeminent horror writer with several books and hundreds of short stories; Blackfeet.

Recent book: My Heart Is A Chainsaw

Cheri Dimaline - Adult and YA author known for The Marrow Thieves; Georgian Bay Métis Nation of Ontario.

Recent book: Hunting by Stars

Vine Deloria, Jr. (1933-2005) - Attracted national attention to Native American issues with 1969 book Custer Died for Your Sins; Standing Rock Sioux.

Recent book: Genocide of the Mind 

Robin Wall Kimmerer - Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology and Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at SUNY-ESF; Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

Recent book: Braiding Sweetgrass

Marcie Rendon - Playwright, poet, community arts activist and mystery novelist; White Earth Nation. 

Recent book: Murder on the Red River

Tommy Orange - First published in 2018; Cheyenne and Arapaho of Oklahoma. 

Recent book: There There

Kelli Jo Ford - First published in 2020; Cherokee.

Recent book: Crooked Hallelujah