novelist and poet, born in Minnesota. She was raised in North Dakota, which has remained her fictional terrain. Of German‐American and Chippewa descent (a member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa tribe), she has dramatized the condition of Native Americans through a combination of naturalistic description of reservation life and an interest in tribal and ancestral pasts, which parallels the techniques of magic realism. The sequence of novels, Love Medicine (1984), The Beet Queen (1986), Tracks (1988), The Bingo Palace (1994), Tales of Burning Love (1996), and The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse (2002), chronicle the lives of several families. Among her other novels are The Antelope Wife (1998), The Birchbark House (1999), and The Game of Silence (2005).