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Local breaking news on Minnesota Public Radio is that Louise Erdrich, one of the most well-known writers living in the Twin Cities, rejected an honorary degree from the University of North Dakota because of the school’s continued use of the “Fighting Sioux” sports team name and logo.

It’s a strong statement from a writer, and one that reminds us that symbols have power. Words have power. And so do our choices. Erdrich grew up in North Dakota and has an American Indian heritage as part of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

I am still thinking about the news. And may post a comment later when it has had time to sink in. But I think it’s important to post information about writers as people, and not just authors.

One thing I do know – writers can make a difference. Someone is always listening.

You can read the full article, Author Louise Erdrich rejects UND honor over ‘Sioux’ nickname, at Minnesota Public Radio.

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Related Links:

WRITERS ON WRITING; Two Languages in Mind, But Just One in the Heart by Louise Erdrich – great article on language, symbols, and culture, from the New York Times archive, May 22nd, 2000

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