The 25th Annual PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award winners picture by Tennessee Reed
Published December 7, 2015
OAKLAND -The 25th Annual PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award was awarded to six people on Saturday, December 5, 2015. One third of the winners were indigenos Woman (what are the odds?). Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz won the award for her book, “An Indigenous Peoples’ History Of The United States”, and Deborah Miranda for her book “Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir”.
Deborah Miranda Nanette Deetz win Literary award.
The award for “An Indigenous Peoples’ History Of The United States” was accepted by Nanette Deetz because Ms. Dunbar-Ortiz was out of town. Nanette Deetz had nominated Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz book for the award.
“An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States provides an essential historical reference for all Americans… The American Indians’ perspective has been absent from colonial histories for too long, leaving continued misunderstandings of our struggles for sovereignty and human rights,” says former Navajo Nation President Peterson Zah.
“Bad Indians brings the human story of California’s indigenous community sharply into focus. It’s a narrative long obscured and distorted by celebrations of Christian missionaries and phony stories about ‘civilization’ coming to a golden land. No other history of California’s indigenous communities that I know of presents such a moving, personal account of loss and survival.” — Frederick E. Hoxie, Swanlund Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.