Elizabeth Archuleta (Yaqui/Chicana) teaches contemporary American and Indigenous literatures at the University of New Mexico. She has current and forthcoming publications in Wicazo Sa Review, UCLA Indigenous Peoples' Journal of Law, Culture, and Resistance, and American Indian Quarterly.
Raven Hail is an enrolled Cherokee Nation Elder and resides in Asheville, North Carolina.
Blake Hausman is pursuing a PhD in English at the University of California–Berkeley.
Daniel Heath Justice is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and an assistant professor of Aboriginal literatures at the University of Toronto. His research and writing interests focus on issues of Indigenous literary nationhood, resistance, and decolonization. He is the author of the Indigenous fantasy novel Kynship, the first volume of the Way of Thorn and Thunder trilogy, and the full-length critical study Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History, forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press.
Sam McKegney recently defended his doctoral thesis, "Reclamations of the 'Dis-Possessed': Narratives of Survivance by Indigenous Survivors of Canada's Residential Schools," at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The present article is a refined excerpt from one chapter of that endeavor. Sam has published on the Jesuit relations and Native writers such as Anthony Apakark Thrasher. His research interests include modern Canadian [End Page 163] literature, Indigenous literatures, and activist literatures in a broad sense.
John Purdy is a professor of English at Western Washington University. His works include Word Ways: The Novels of D'Arcy McNickle (1990) and The Legacy of D'Arcy McNickle: Writer, Historian, Activist (1996), which he edited. He has published poetry and fiction in national journals and numerous articles about and interviews with Native American authors, including James Welch, Leslie Marmon Silko, N. Scott Momaday, Louis Owens, Simon Ortiz, Sherman Alexie, and Elizabeth Cook Lynn. His most recent book, with James Ruppert, is Nothing but the Truth: An Anthology of Native American Literatures (2000).
David A. Rice is an assistant professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, where he teaches Native American and American literature. His current research focuses on urban Indian characters in Native American novels.
Kathryn W. Shanley is an enrolled Assiniboine from the Ft. Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana. She currently serves as chair of Native American Studies at the University of Montana. She has published widely in the field of Native American literature on such authors as James Welch, Leslie Silko, Thomas King, Linda Hogan, and N. Scott Momaday and has edited a collection of essays entitled Native American Literature: Boundaries and Sovereignties.
Craig S. Womack (Oklahoma Creek-Cherokee) teaches American Indian literature in the English department of the University of Oklahoma and is the author of Red on Red, a literary history of the Muskogee Confederacy and Drowning in Fire, a novel.