Author Bios

Kim Sigafus

Kim Sigafus is an award-winning Ojibwa writer and photographer whose family is from the White Earth Reservation in northwest Minnesota. She is an Illinois Humanities Road Scholar and gives presentations on Native harvest, history, and music. She coauthored two award-winning books: Native Writers: Voices of Power and Native Elders: Sharing Their Wisdom.

Lyle Ernst

Lyle Ernst was a freelance journalist and writer. In addition to contributing news stories and feature articles to local newspapers, he coauthored two books in the Native Trailblazers Series: Native Writers: Voices of Power and Native Elders: Sharing Their Wisdom. Ernst was a member of the Native American Coalition of the Quad Cities, based in Moline, Illinois.



Patricia Cutright

Patricia Cutright is Lakota and an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe. Reading and libraries have always been her passion; recognizing how reading can empower at all ages and socio-economic levels. Destiny was set while she worked at the university library as a student and her supervisor “informed” her that she would become a librarian. The rest is history, as they say. Patricia has lived in many places, from Brooklyn, New York, to the Federated States of Micronesia and many places in between, providing leadership in libraries along the way.

Sally Roesch Wagner

Awarded one of the first doctorates in the country for work in women’s studies (UC Santa Cruz) and a founder of one the first college-level women’s studies programs in the United States (CSU Sacramento), Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner has taught women’s studies courses for 50 years. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Syracuse University Renée Crown University Honors Program. Dr. Wagner is the Founder and Executive Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation and Center for Social Justice Dialogue in Fayetteville, New York 

Tim Tingle

Tim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw and an award-winning author and storyteller. Tingle performs a Choctaw story before Chief Batton’s State of the Nation Address at every Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival.

In June of 2011, Tingle spoke at the Library of Congress and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. From 2011 to 2016, he was featured at Choctaw Days, a celebration at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.