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Dorreen Yellow Bird
Educator, Journalist, and Author

Dorreen Yellow Bird is a community journalist for the Grand Forks Herald. Her beat includes insight stories and story assignments. She also writes bi-weekly columns and some editorials. She is a member of the Grand Forks Herald editorial board.

Before working at the Herald, Yellow Bird was the Director of Multicultural Student Services at NDSU, Fargo, ND. Prior to her work with NDSU, she was the Development Director for the Native American Law Center at UND’s School of Law, Grand Forks, ND.

Yellow Bird, who is Sahnish (Arikara), spent ten years working for the Three Affiliated Tribes in New Town, ND. While there, she was Executive Director of the Ft. Berthold Communications Enterprise. The enterprise included the tribal radio station, KMHA and newspaper, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arickara Times.

Prior to working for the Three Affiliated Tribes, she spent several years working in Washington, D.C. with National Health Screening Council and the National Congress of American Indians.

She began her career of a field manager for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz in Salem, Oregon. The Siletz tribes received their federal recognition in 1975. As a result, they became eligible for federal Indian programs. As manager, she helped develop and implement their new programs.

She is currently writing and researching a historical narrative of the Sahnish (Arikara) people and concurrently writing a fiction based on the legends of her tribe. She recently completed a children’s fiction about the Sahnish and Lewis and Clark.

She also writes for the American Indian College journal, Progressive Media, Proud Magazine, Masthead, American Bar Association and did some work for Sports Illustrated.

Yellow Bird holds a BS from Western Oregon College, Monmouth, Oregon; and a master’s degree in education from Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

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