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Before, Indian people had been so defeated, they were always looking for outsiders, for the government, to somehow come in and fix things. But now, they seem to realize that they're the only ones who can save themselves.
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I am definitely a storyteller, but probably not a traditional Storyteller.
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I did quite a lot of research in France. My wife, who speaks French quite well, and I went back to Marseille three or four times after that.
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I do believe in the viability of Indian spiritualism.
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I have always been a big fan and champion of independent booksellers. Without them, writers like me don't exist.
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I hope my books will help educate people who don't understand how or why Indian people often feel lost in America.
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I think ethnic and regional labels are insulting to writers and really put restrictions on them. People don't think your work is quite as universal.
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I used to object to being called an Indian writer, and would always say I was a writer who happened to be an Indian, and who happened to write about Indians.
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I wander around, get the lay of the land and try to imagine what kind of people would have lived there in that historical period. What would they eat? What kind of clothing would they wear? How did they shelter themselves? How did they get around?
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I wrote a lot in study hall to while away the hours.
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I'd like to explore as much of Indian culture as I can, each piece of it. Of course that will take me the rest of my life to do.
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In a lot of Indian societies, spirituality has been lost, I think it's still the best way of looking at the world for Indians - better than any organized religion in this country.
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In the general population of Montana, it's about 7 to 8 percent Indian. But the population in prison is always between 20 and 25 percent Indian.
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My poems were just kind of all over the place. They had no focus, no location, nothing. Kind of a series of images that could have been set anywhere. A lot of the poems were just exercises for myself.
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Nobody would take checks from Indians, nobody would give them any credit, and nobody would let them drink in the bars. There was a rudeness, a brusqueness, with which the Indians were treated constantly. At a very young age, that had entered my consciousness.
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Our literature is in great shape.
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Richard Hugo taught me that anyone with a desire to write, an ear for language and a bit of imagination could become a writer. He also, in a way, gave me permission to write about northern Montana.
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The economic piece is still missing, since it's so hard to attract industry to reservations, but spiritually and educationally, they're doing just fine. Each tribe has a community college now, and they teach the language, they teach the traditions.
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The title of the poems was The Only Bar in Dixon. We sent it out to The New Yorker on a fluke, and they took them and printed all three in the same issue.
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The townspeople outside the reservations had a very superior attitude toward Indians, which was kind of funny, because they weren't very wealthy; they were on the fringes of society themselves.
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To receive this award from an organization I admire so much makes me totally happy and grateful.
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