An enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation in Fort Totten, North Dakota, John Peacock is Rinehart Critic in Residence and Professor of Language, Literature, and Culture at MICA. He received an undergraduate degree is in anthropology from Harvard and a PhD in comparative literature from Columbia. He was a Mellon Fellow at Wesleyan University’s Center for Humanities, a Senior Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and a grantee of the American Philosophical Society. His essays, fiction, and poetry in English have appeared in over twenty-five journals, periodicals, and anthologies. His writing in the endangered Dakota language has been read and exhibited at the Minnesota History Center and published in American Indian Quarterly and Studies in American Indian Literature. He is currently the editor of a North Dakota State University project by fluent mother-tongue Dakota elders to translate from Dakota into English fifty letters written by Dakota prisoners of war during the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War.