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2010 Lifetime Achievement Award Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas

Sherman Alexie (Spokane-Coeur d’Alene) of Seattle, is the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award winner from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas. Mr. Alexie is a novelist, short story writer, poet, filmmaker, and the author of more than twenty books.

He was born on the Spokane Indian Reservation in eastern Washington on October 7, 1966. He first attended Gonzaga University and then transferred to Washington State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree. He was present at the first, historic Returning the Gift Festival held in Norman, Oklahoma.

Since that time, in a relatively short literary career, Mr. Alexie has received numerous awards: the O. Henry Award, the Shelley Memorial Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the National Book Award among them. He has also been named the 2010 Puterbaugh Fellow of the Puterbaugh Festival sponsored by World Literature Today at the University of Oklahoma.

His novels include Reservation Blues (1995), Indian Killer (1996), Flight (2007), and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007); his collections of short stories include The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1994), The Toughest Indian in the World (2000), Ten Little Indians (2003) and War Dances (2009); books of poetry are The Business of Fancydancing (1992), I Would Steal Horses (1992), Old Shirts & New Skins (1993), First Indian on the Moon (1993), The Summer of Black Widows (1996), The Man Who Loves Salmon (1998), Face (2009); and the movies Smoke Signals (1998) and The Business of Fancydancing (2002).

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Alexie, along with two past NWCA Lifetime Achievement Award-winners – Robert J. Conley and Jack D. Forbes – will be honored during the annual Returning the Gift Conference held by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers/Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas in Norman and Chickasha, Oklahoma, March 25 – 27. The winners of the 2008 and 2009 First Book Awards will also be honored, as will the Wordcraft Circle Award winners. Mr. Alexie’s award will be conferred on March 26 at the University of Oklahoma, following a screening of his film The Business of Fancydancing.

More information regarding the film screening and reception will be available at More information about Returning the Gift will be forthcoming at Questions can be sent to

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