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About The Native American Literature Symposium

The Native American Literature Symposium is organized by an independent group of Indigenous scholars committed to making a place where Native voices can be heard.

Since 2001, we have brought together some of the most influential voices in Native America to share our stories -- in art, prose, poetry, film, religion, history, politics, music, philosophy, and science—from our worldview.


Gwen N. Westerman, Director
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Virginia Carney, Tribal College Liaison
Leech Lake Tribal College

Gordon Henry, Jr., Publications Editor
Michigan State University

Tria Andrews, Vendor/Press Coordinator
University of California, Berkeley

LeAnne Howe, Arts Liaison
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Denise Cummings, Film Wrangler
Rollings College

Theo Van Alst, Film Wrangler

Jodi Byrd,
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Jill Doerfler,
University of Minnesota, Duluth

James Sinclair,
University of Manitoba

Dennis Herbert, Assistant to the Director
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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