northSun, of Shoshone-Chippewa descent, is the daughter of renowned
Native American activist, Adam Fortunate Eagle - one of the more
prominent figures in the 1969-1971 Indian takeover of Alcatraz. She is identified with the Native American
Renaissance of the 1970s and 1980s; her poem "moving camp too far"
remains a sentinel work of the period. northSun has published three
volumes of poetry, a snake in her mouth; Small Bones,
Little Eyes; and Diet Pepsi and Nacho Cheese; and authored
After the Drying Up of the Water: A Tribal History, a history of the
Paiute-Shoshone tribe. She lives on the Stillwater Indian Reservation in
Fallon, Nevada, where she works as a grant writer. Her poems bridge
family history and traditional tribal identity with the challenges of
being a contemporary American woman.