Susan Harness

SUSAN DEVAN HARNESS, author of Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption, is a member of the Salish-Kootenai Confederated Tribes as well as an American Indian transracial adoptee. She has written and presented extensively about American Indian assimilation policies both nationally and internationally. Her cultural anthropological research Mixing Cultural Identities Through Transracial Adoption: Outcomes of the Indian Adoption Project (1958-1967) was published by Edwin Mellen Press. Susan holds an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology as well as Creative Nonfiction, both from Colorado State University and is an affiliate of the Department of Anthropology and Geography at that institution as well.

Susan was honored recently with two High Plains Book Awards for Bitterroot for Best Creative Nonfiction and for Best Indigenous Writer.