- From the Editor
aya aya niihkaania!
I hope the arrival of this issue of SAIL finds you well and rested! It's been three years now since we changed the editorial structure of SAIL to include an editorial board, and some of you have suggested that it would be useful for me to explain more clearly how the entire editorial staff of SAIL functions. I'm happy to do so, not just because I think it's always good to keep ASAIL folks informed about the journal, but because I hope that it will prompt some of you to want to be more involved with the journal—as authors, manuscript readers, book reviewers, and editorial board members.
At any rate, here's how it works. The editorial staff of SAIL is comprised of a general editor, an editorial board, a book review editor, a creative submissions editor, the ASAIL treasurer, and an editorial assistant. Traditionally, the general editor of SAIL is selected through an open applications process by the outgoing general editor in consultation with the officers of ASAIL. There is no formal limit on the length of time that a general editor may serve; however, when I formally accepted the position in May 2001, I agreed to a five-year term with an option to remain for another three years if desired by the board and ASAIL. The duties of the general editor are fairly simple: to oversee the content, production and design of the journal; to negotiate with the University of Nebraska Press on behalf of the journal; and to represent the journal at professional conferences and in professional organizations affiliated with the study of American Indian literatures. [End Page vii]
Editorial board members are selected through an open applications process by the general editor and outgoing board members in consultation with the officers of ASAIL. Editorial board members serve a five-year term with an option to remain for another three years if desired by the general editor, other board members, and ASAIL. The duties of an editorial board member vary but include assisting the general editor in decisions about content, production and design of the journal, and representing the journal at professional conferences and in professional organizations affiliated with the study of American Indian literatures. Since all manuscript submissions to SAIL receive a blind editorial review, board members also serve as regular manuscript reviewers, reading as many as thirty manuscripts per year. Current editorial board members are Chad Allen (Ohio State University), Dean Rader (University of San Francisco), and Gwen Griffin (Minnesota State University, Mankato).
The book review editor is selected through an open applications process by the general editor and editorial board. The book review editor serves a five-year term with an option to remain for another three years if desired by the general editor, the board, and ASAIL. The duties of the book review editor are to manage book reviews for the journal, a task that includes finding reviewers, enforcing publication deadlines for reviews, and providing production copy and reviewer information to the general editor for each issue of SAIL. The current book review editor is P. Jane Hafen (University of Nevada, Las Vegas).
Truthfully, we've never had to select a new creative submission editor, but if we did, it would happen through a process similar to that of the selection of the book review editor, and the new creative editor would probably also be subject to the same term limit as the book review editor. The duties of the creative editor are to read all "creative" submissions and select poetry and short fiction pieces for publication in SAIL. The current creative submissions editor is Joe Bruchac (Greenfield Press).
As you all know, the ASAIL treasurer is elected in accordance with the association's by-laws (every two years at the Association Business Meeting, now held during the Native American Literature Symposium). The ASAIL treasurer's duties in relation to the journal once included [End Page viii] copyediting, overseeing production, circulating the journal (mailing it out to subscribers), maintaining a current database of subscribers, and serving as the financial officer in charge of the journal's budget. With our move...