This project would not have been possible without the help from many individuals. We are grateful for the hard work and support of Dr. Michael McClennan, who wrote all the Perlscript programming which makes this website possible; David Carter and Lars Nooden, Perlscripting and FileMaker Pro gurus; Dr. Sam Cronk, who helped with ideas and contacts in developing the project; Schelle Simcox, our IPL liaison; Director Joe Janes of the Internet Public Library, our mentor (and sometimes tormentor) in making this project a reality; and Nettie Lagace, who provided a great deal of moral support. Thanks also to Karen Jania's daughter Rachel, who designed the seedbead artwork, and to our families, friends and employers who put up with all our absences and sleep-deprived confusion after countless all-nighters working on this project.
Most importantly, we would like to thank all the Native American authors whose work has enriched all our lives. We hope that we have been able to honor them here in our small way. They deserve every honor that we can give them, and more.
We would especially like to thank these authors who have contacted us and volunteered everything from photos, original writings, comments, suggestions, and moral support: Robert Gish, Beth Brant, Duane Niatum, Carter Revard, Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, Robert Conley, Vine Deloria Jr., Gary C. Cavender, and Dr. Lee Francis. Our special thanks to Ray Young Bear, who came to Ann Arbor to read from his work and remind us of what this is all about; to Betty Bell, who made it all happen; and to Dr. Duane Niatum, who sat behind us at Ray Young Bear's reading and had us laughing and star-struck at the same time.
We will continue to work hard to make this project worthy of the authors. We apologize for any omissions in this list and hope that all the authors and readers will feel free to contact us with comments, corrections, suggestions and feedback.
Finally, we would like to extend our thanks, appreciation and admiration to Lisa Mitten, Paula Giese, Glenn Welker and Karen Strom, who have created excellent and extensive Native American web resources. We encourage you to visit these remarkable and valuable websites at the following locations:
Native American Books
Native American Sites
Index of Native American Resources on the Internet
Storytellers: Native American Authors Online
Indigenous Peoples' Literature
The original Native Authors Project crew consisted of Nicole Campbell, Karen Jania, Lorri Mon, Michelle Sampson, and Yolisa Soul, who created and sustained the project from Winter 1997 through Winter 1998; and thanks also to Carol Carrara, who worked so hard on the project during Winter 1998.
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