Indigenous writers tell stories that honor, and upend, Native traditions

My October 19, 2021 book culture column for the San Francisco Chronicle:

I recently read about the severe threat that climate change presents for Native Americans. Historically forced onto our country’s least desirable lands, many of the places they live are becoming uninhabitable due to rising temperatures, erosion and more frequent and intense storms. ¶ All of which brought to mind Louise Erdrich’s stunning, 2021 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Night Watchman.” Set in the early 1950s, it deals with the threat of dislocation and withdrawal of government support for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

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