Gwen Westerman

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Gwen Westerman is a Dakota educator, writer and artist. She is the Director of the Native American Literature Symposium.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Westerman is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate and speaker of the Dakota language. She is Professor of English and Director of the Humanities Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Westerman received a BA and MA in English from Oklahoma State University. She received a PhD in English from the University of Kansas.[citation needed]




  • Westerman, Gwen; White, Bruce (2012). Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press. ISBN 978-0873518697.
  • Westerman, Gwen Neil (2013). Follow the Blackbirds. American Indian Studies. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press. ISBN 978-1611860924.

Articles and chapters[edit]

  • Westerman, Gwen (2009). "Generosity in Continuance: The Gifts of Simon J. Ortiz". In Brill de Ramirez, Susan Berry; Lucero, Evelina (eds.). Simon J. Ortiz: A Poetic Legacy of Indigenous Continuance. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. pp. 177–182. ISBN 978-0826339881.
  • Westerman, Gwen (2009). "George Shiras, III". In Cevasco, George A.; Harmond, Richard P. (eds.). Modern American Environmentalists: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 470–472. ISBN 978-0801891526.
  • Westerman, Gwen (September 14, 2009). "Going Back". A View from the Loft. The Loft Literary Center. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
  • Westerman, Gwen (2012). "Sister Lost, Sister Found: Redemption in Louise Erdrich's The Painted Drum and Shadow Tag". In Hafen, P. Jane (ed.). Critical Insights: Louise Erdrich. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press. pp. 245–255. ISBN 978-1429837231.
  • Westerman, Gwen (2013). "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon". In Howe, LeAnne; Markowitz, Harvey; Cummings, Denise (eds.). Seeing Red—Hollywood's Pixeled Skins: American Indians and Film. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press. pp. 25–29. ISBN 978-1611860818.


  • "Dakota Odowaŋ". Yellow Medicine Review. 1 (1): 133–134. Spring 2007.
  • "He keya Wo'okiye". Yellow Medicine Review. 1 (1): 135. Spring 2007.
  • "Dakota Odowaŋ". Water-Stone Review. 13: 141–142. 2010.
  • "Wowicak'u/Feed Them". Water-Stone Review. 13: 143. 2010.
  • "Root Words". Natural Bridge. 26: 1. Fall 2011.
  • "Where the Buffalo Roam". Natural Bridge. 26: 2–3. Fall 2011.
  • "Awakening". Natural Bridge. 26: 4. Fall 2011.
  • "Song for the Generations". Water-Stone Review. 15: 148–149. 2012.



  1. ^ "About NALS". MNSU.ecu. The Native American Literature Symposium. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Gwen Westerman - Award Winning Faculty". College of Arts and Humanities, Minnesota State University, Mankato. 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  3. ^ Hertzel, Laurie (March 7, 2014). "Hognander History and Kay Sexton awards winners announced". Star-Tribune. Retrieved March 12, 2015.

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