Nebraska Authors

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn

AKA: Elizabeth L. Irving

Born 1930 Fort Thompson, SD (USA)

Born on Crow Creek Reservation

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, has been a voice of Native American activism through her essays, fiction, and poetry. She founded the Wíčazo Ša Review in 1985 with Beatrice Medicine, Roger Buffalohead, and William Willard. The journal publishes peer-reviewed academic works in Native American Studies. She has taught at both the high school and collegiate level, and became Professor Emerita at Washington University in 1990. She finished her doctoral program at the University of Nebraska in 1978.

Places Lived

Crow Creek Reservation, SD
Brookings, SD
Las Cruces, NM
Spearfish, SD
Lincoln, NE
Cheney, WA

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Native American Authors; Native American Topics; Politics; Poetry


Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Journalism, 1954, South Dakota State College, Brookings, SD
Graduate Studies, 1966, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
Graduate Studies, 1968, Black Hills State College, Spearfish, SD
Ph.D., 1978, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


Co-founder of Wíčazo Ša Review
High School Teacher
Professor of English and Native Studies at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

Places Worked

Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington
Arizona State University


National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, Stanford University, 1976
Professor Emerita at Washington University
Literary Contribution Award from the Mountain Plains Library Association, 2002
Lifetime Achievement Award by the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas, 2007
Oyate Igluwitaya by the Native American Club at South Dakota State University
Why I Can't Read Wallace Stegner and Other Essays: A Tribal Voice, cited for a Gustavus Myers Award


Seek the House of Relatives. 1983.
Then Badger Said This. 1983.
The Power of Horses and Other Stories. 1990.
From the River's Edge. 1991.
Why I Can't Read Wallace Stegner and Other Essays: A Tribal Voice. 1996.
I Remember the Fallen Trees: New and Selected Poems. 1998.
Aurelia: A Crow Creek Trilogy. 1999.
Politics of Hallowed Ground: Wounded Knee and the Struggle for Indian Sovereignty. 1999. (with Mario Gonzalez)
Anti-Indianism in Modern America: A Voice from Tatekeya's Earth. 2001.
Notebooks of Elizabeth Cook-Lynn. 2007.
New Indians, Old Wars. 2007.
A Separate Country: Postcoloniality and American Indian Nations. 2011.
That Guy Wolf Dancing. 2014.

Her work has been published in numerous journals, including Prairie Schooner, South Dakota Review, Sun Tracks, Pembroke, Greenfield Review, Ethnic Studies Review. American Indian Quarterly, and Wicazo Sa Review.

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