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John Smelcer's 'Stealing Indians' no longer a contender for PEN Center USA prize

John Smelcer's 'Stealing Indians' no longer a contender for PEN Center USA prize

John Smelcer’s young adult book “Stealing Indians” has been withdrawn from contention for the PEN Center USA Literary Award. Smelcer’s status as one of four finalists in the young adult category, announced Aug. 10, directed renewed attention to his claims to Native American heritage and other questions about the author’s work.

For more than 20 years, the Native literary world has wondered about Smelcer’s bona fides. Numerous controversies have sprouted up around him, including a high-profile dismissal, winning a literary prize that was subsequently rescinded, questions about the authenticity of...

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