Monday, October 29, 2007
Louise Erdrich (Jury Member)
My name is Louise Erdrich. I am a Native American author. I write novels, poetry, and children's books. I am a member of the Anishinaabe nation. I am 53 years old and was born in Little Falls, Minnesota. My grandfather served as a tribal chairman for the Turtle Mountain Band Of Chippewa Indians. My parents taught at the Bureau of Indian Affairs school. I went to Dartmouth College where I met my husband, Michal Dorris who was the director of the college's Native American Studies program. I currently live in Minneapolis, MN and recently turned down an honorary degree from UND because of the mascot issue. I turned it down because I believe that having their mascot a Sioux Indian is very disrespectful to the tribes. I think that changes need to be made in order to respect the tribes.