Just a few of the indigenous writers in the United States and Canada. Graphic: Daniel Heath Justice
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Tiffany Midge: Hey there are other Native writers besides Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is out on tour with his new book, You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir, so he's getting a lot of attention. But did you know there are other Native writers out there too? Tiffany Midge, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, knows a few:
I need to get some housekeeping out of the way. Now, I realize how difficult it might be to expand your definition of Native American literature beyond the works of such a loveable national treasure as Sherman Alexie, but if you could stop jumping up and down and squealing for just a sec, or maybe set down the bronze plated Franklin Mint commemorative first edition copies of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, you know, um, before you put somebody’s eye out, I’d like to make some alternative suggestions. And yeah, I get the irony of the term “alterNative,” thanks so much for pointing that out, you’re hilarious. Settle down, now.

Okay, brace yourself, here goes. Even though you’ve never conceived of there being any other indigenous authors besides Sherman Alexie, does not mean that no other indigenous authors exist. Okay, whoa, I didn’t mean to blow your mind there. Um, sorry? I wasn’t aware this information would tear the fabric of the space time continuum, I’m just trying to make some reasonable suggestions, okay? Are you going to be alright? Is there anyone I can call? Just breathe. Sure, go ahead and take five while I hold your Thomas Builds-the-Fire statuette. Yeah, sure, Thomas Builds-the-Fire is my manic pixie dream girl too, uh huh, I feel you. Wow, I didn’t know that you legally changed your name to Thomas, and named all of your children Sherman Alexie. The girls too? No shit? Wow…um, sure, “Sherman” is a lovely name for a girl.

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Tiffany Midge: Beyond Sherman Alexie: There are Many More Native Writers Who Are Good, Too (Indian Country Media Network 7/3)