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Treuer gets Sally Ordway Irvine Award

Anton Treuer, professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, is the author of eight books. Submitted Photo

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts awarded Anton Treuer with a 2010 Sally Ordway Irvine Award.

Treuer is professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and a Master's and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is editor of the only academic journal of the Ojibwe language and author of eight books including "The Assassination of Hole in the Day" and "Ojibwe in Minnesota," which was recently named "Best Read in Minnesota" by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

A press release from the Ordway Center states Treuer has championed Minnesota's traditional indigenous art forms and has worked to expand the definition of the arts to include oral narrative and story performance, especially as they intersect with the Ojibwe language.

The annual Sally Awards honor extraordinary achievements for arts access, initiative, commitment, education and vision.

The first Sally Award was presented in 1986 to Sally Ordway Irvine, whose initiative, vision and commitment provided the inspiration for the creation of Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The Ordway inaugurated the annual Sally Awards program in 1992; it continues today with the generous support of the Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota Public Radio and the Saint Paul Hotel.