Joe Starita

About Joe Starita

Joe Starita is a professor at the University of Nebraska College of Journalism and Mass Communications. A Nebraska native, he went to college on a baseball scholarship, played professional basketball in Turkey and had a stint herding cattle on an Israeli kibbutz. Eventually, he spent 14 years at The Miami Herald - including four years as the newspaper’s New York Bureau Chief and four years on its Investigations Team. Interested in Native Americans since childhood, he has written three critically acclaimed books examining their vital roles in American history. Three years ago, he started a college scholarship fund for Native American high school graduates.

Scholarship Winners

2015 scholarship winners

2015 scholarship winners

Steve Laravie Jr., a 2015 scholarship winner and a direct descendant of Ponca Chief Standing Bear, accepts his scholarship award at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lincoln, NE. The two other 2015 scholarship winners were Michelle LaMere and Denicia Walker, both members of the Winnebago Tribe.

2016 scholarship winners

2016 scholarship winners

The three 2016 Chief Standing Bear Scholarship winners (L to R): Maileigh Camp, a Lakota from South Dakota's Rosebud Reservation, and DeAndre Webster and Tanesia Wolfe-Ricehill, both from Nebraska's Omaha Reservation.



Susan La Flesche – A Warrior of the People

"An important and riveting story of a 19th-century feminist and change agent…This rebel's dogged determination is something of a roadmap and definitely an inspiration to those trying to break through 21st century glass ceilings."—Chicagco Tribune

I Am a Man

“The painful, moving, inspiring, and important story of Chief Standing Bear has found a worthy chronicler in Joe Starita. This excellent book is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the West, or of America.” —Ian Frazier, author of On the Rez and Great Plains

The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge

"This is a living, heartbreaking account of four generations of a Lakota Sioux family…A truly fine book rich in historical and personal detail of a family and a people."—The Boston Globe