Hi, I’m Steve Dragswolf

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I am Hidatsa from the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation (federally recognized as the Three Affiliated Tribes) in North Dakota. However, I grew up an Urban Indian in Albuquerque, NM. After I graduated high school, I left to work with Youth With A Mission and to attend college (several in fact), only recently returning to Albuquerque where I now work as the Communications Director at New Life City

I run the @NDNlit Twitter account and the on-hiatus-but-starting-again-soon NDN Lit newsletter that focuses on the Indigenous experience and expression in the arts with a special emphasis on writing. 

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Ecclesia College where I studied theology with a focus on Indigenous relationships and attitudes towards Christianity and approaches to decolonial practices. Most recently, I graduated from Dartmouth College’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program (MALS ’17) with a concentration in Creative Writing. While at Dartmouth, I researched historical trauma and suicide among American Indian youth and looked at how artistic creativity through writing could help reverse the negative aspects of the trauma that many Native kids experience on a daily basis. 

My creative thesis, Bear Rabbit Fox, won the 2017 Byam Shaw-Brownstone Thesis Excellence Award from Dartmouth College. I’ve revised it several times since then and am now seeking literary representation for that novel and other ideas. 

Watch a video of me talking about my experience at Dartmouth