McNickle, D'Arcy

McNickle, (William) D'Arcy

(1904–77) Salish/Flathead author, historian, anthropologist; born in Saint Ignatius, Mont. A founding member of the National Congress of American Indians (1944), he also worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (1936–52), taught at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) (1965–71), and served as the founding director of Chicago's Newberry Library Center for the History of the American Indian. His novels, which emphasized the importance of tribalism, include The Surrounded (1936) and Runner in the Sun (1954).
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