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Writing Outside One’s Ethnicity

I was born white. It’s my heritage. Yet I write main characters from another ethnicity––Native America. My grandmother always told us we were part Indian, but the proof never came. It still hasn’t and probably never will. I never intended to write let alone write books that have the protagonist from a different heritage. I […]

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Kettle Falls

Swallowed by the Flood

  My writing journey began in the late 1900s after taking a Longridge Writer’s online class for non-fiction. Native history swirled in my heart even before I settled on the reservation with my husband knowing I had some type of Indian in me, little as it is. And after interviewing several elders, I wrote Swallowed […]

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Mourning Dove. Artwork by Smoker Marchand, Colville Tribal Member

Mourning Dove: Legend and Legacy

Strong women have always influenced the history of the west. They had to in order to survive. Mourning Dove, an Arrow Lakes enrolled woman of the Colville Confederated Tribes, was no exception. She was a trailblazer. Christine Quintasket, her given name, was the first female American Indian novelist, and the first woman elected to tribal […]

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Smoke Filled Sky

Fire Danger Still in the Air

I went to retrieve my dad last Monday night. Nine days have passed and the area fires surround us. Smoke hovers, winds blow, people pack. Fires blaze in all directions, but the town I live in is still the safety with the farthest fire 15 miles away and across the Columbia River. Thirty miles north […]

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Speckled Fish People: Swallowed By The Flood

Speckled Fish People: Swallowed By The Flood

Harmony dominated the Sinixt or Arrow Lakes People of northeast Washington State until 1930. Talk of a great dam being erected at Grand Coulee, Washington struck fear and tension reservation wide. Traditional fishing could be lost forever. Would be lost forever. Backwater would force towns, graveyards and other historical sites to relocate. Backwater would soon […]

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