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A member of the Anishinaabe nation, Pulitzer Prize finalist Karen Louise Erdrich is a writer at the forefront of the "second wave" of the Native American Renaissance. Erdich was born on July 6, 1954 in Little Falls, Minnesota but was raised in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Her grandfather was a tribal chairman and her parents taught at the Bureau of Indian Affairs school. An Ivy Leaguer and graduate of Dartmouth College, she married Michael Dorris, who was director of her alma mater's Native American Studies program. She is best known for The Plague of Doves, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction in 2009.
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