Michael Dorris, a Modoc from Oregon, was appointed Chairman of Native American Studies in 1972 when the Program was founded. Before joining the faculty at Dartmouth he received his graduate training at Yale and lived and taught in Alaska and California. He was the author of many books and articles dealing with Native American culture, history, and literature. His book, The Broken Cord, which addressed the issue of fetal alcohol syndrome, has sold millions of copies and was made into a full feature film. Among his many other publications, the more well-known ones are A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, (Henry Holt, NY, 1988), and The Crown of Columbus, a novel written together with his wife, Louise Erdrich who also is a Dartmouth graduate. Professor Dorris passed away in April of 1997 on the eve of the 25th Anniversary of the NAS Program. His papers are held in the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College.
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