Nebraska Authors

Delphine Red Shirt

Born 1957

Delphine Red Shirt is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and grew up on and near the Pine Ridge Reservation in northern Nebraska. She grew up speaking Lakota as her first language, and part of her work as an author and scholar has been to keep the language alive. She has served as a member of the United States Marine Corps, and has been a chairperson and representative in the United Nations. She continues to be a mentor and advisor to Native American students.

Places Lived

Gordon, NE
Palo Alto, CA
Tucson, AZ

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction


Autobiography; Lakota Indian; Native American topics; Native American Authors; Memoir


Holy Rosary High School (now Red Cloud Indian School)
BS in Accounting and History, Regis College, Denver, CO
MA in Creative Studies, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
PhD in American Indian Studies, University of Arizona


Lecturer at Stanford University
Visiting lecturer at Yale University, Connecticut College, and Wayne State University
Advisor to Native American Students at Yale University
Series Editor for The University of Nebraska Press: Race and Ethnicity in the American West

Places Worked

United States Marine Corps
Chairperson of the United Nations NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People
United Nations Representative for the Four Directions Council: International Indigenous Organization with access to the UN
Stanford University
Yale University


Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award from Arizona State University for George Sword's Warrior Narratives
Electa Quinney Award for Published Stories from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for George Sword's Warrior Narratives, 2017


Bead on an Anthill: A Lakota Childhood. 1998.
Turtle Lung Woman's Granddaughter. 2002.
George Sword's Warrior Narratives. 2016.
Articles in Lakota Country Times, Native Sun News, and Indian Country Today.

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