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  • Born

    1946 (age 72)

Adrian Louis is a poet, novelist, and former newspaper editor who has also served as a professor of English at the Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Adrian C. Louis was born and raised in northern Nevada, the eldest of twelve children. A half-breed Indian, he is an enrolled member of the Lovelock Paiute Indian tribe. Adrian is a graduate of Brown University where he also earned an M.A. in Creative Writing.

He is a former journalist and has been the editor of four tribal newspapers, including the Lakota Times and Indian Country Today. He was twice nominated for Print Journalist of the Year by the National Indian Media Consortium. He was also a co-founder of the Native American Journalists Association. In 1999 he was elected to the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.

From 1984 until 1997, he taught English and writing at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota. Since 1999 he has been an English professor in the Minnesota State University system.

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