Joe Starita is a journalist and author of three books. For the last twelve years, he has held an endowed professorship at the University of Nebraska’s College of Journalism.

Before coming back to his home state of Nebraska, he was the New York Bureau Chief for Knight-Ridder newspapers and a veteran investigative reporter for the Miami Herald. His stories have won more than three dozen awards, one of which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for local reporting.

His books, “The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge” and “I am a Man” tell stories of Native American culture, heroism and adaptation. “The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge” won the MPIBA Award and received a second Pulitzer nomination.


His latest book, “A Warrior of the People,” is the story of an Indian woman who effectively became the chief of an entrenched patriarchal tribe. Susan La Flesche was a woman who crashed through thick walls of ethnic, racial and gender prejudice, then spent the rest of her life using a unique bicultural identity to improve the lot of her people―physically, emotionally, politically, and spiritually. It is a moving biography of Susan La Flesche’s inspirational life, and it shines a deserving light on her numerous accomplishments.

All royalties from “A Warrior of the People” will go to a college scholarship fund Joe has established for Native American high school graduates.

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