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Rosebud Indian Reservation
The Rosebud Indian Reservation is an Indian reservation in South Dakota, United States. It is the home of the federally recognized Sicangu Oyate, also known as Sicangu Lakota, the Upper Brulé Sioux Nation, and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe , a branch of the Lakota people...

, South Dakota
South Dakota
South Dakota is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux American Indian tribes. Once a part of Dakota Territory, South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889. The state has an area of and an estimated population of just over...

, 1933) is an American writer of Children's literature
Children's literature
Children's literature is for readers and listeners up to about age twelve; it is often defined in four different ways: books written by children, books written for children, books chosen by children, or books chosen for children. It is often illustrated. The term is used in senses which sometimes...

She was a Sioux
The Sioux are Native American and First Nations people in North America. The term can refer to any ethnic group within the Great Sioux Nation or any of the nation's many language dialects...

 mother. She studied journalism at the South Dakota State University
South Dakota State University
South Dakota State University is the largest university in the U.S. state of South Dakota, located in Brookings. A public land-grant university and sun grant college, founded under the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act, SDSU offers programs of study required by, or harmonious to, this Act...

. She was an English language teacher in several public schools, editor at the Brevet Press in Sioux Fall, S.D. and she has been a member of several organizations.


The Christmas Coat (2011) illustrated by Ellen Beier
  • The Apaches (1997)
  • The Cherokees (1996)
  • The Cheyennes (1996)
  • The Chichi Hoohoo Bogeyman (1993)
  • Completing the Circle (1995).


  • National Humanities Medal
    National Humanities Medal
    The National Humanities Medal honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened citizens’ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities.The award, given by the...

    , 2000
  • Human Rights Award, South Dakota State Counselors Association, 1996
  • Author-Illustrator Human and Civil Rights Award, 1996
  • Spirit of Crazy Horse Award, 1996
  • South Dakota Education Association Human Services Award, 1994
  • Native American Prose Award, University of Nebraska Press, 1992

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