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Darlene Wind papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA1094

Scope and Contents

The Darlene Wind papers date from 2001 and measure 0.25 linear inches. They consist of a talk written by Wind and presented by Joy Harjo at the Latino-Native American Cultural Center 30th reunion luncheon.


  • Creation: 2001


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Darlene Wind, a computer specialist, enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, and member of the bear clan, was born in Cass Lake, Minnesota. At age four, Wind was adopted out of the tribe by an Iowa farming family, and she grew up near Iowa City. Growing up, Wind was a runner, a pianist, and a violinist, spending summers in high school playing violin with the University of Iowa orchestra. In the 1970s, she became involved in the American Indian Movement and was the founder and program manager for the prison visitation program at the University of Iowa’s Chicano Indian American Student Union (now the Latino-Native American Cultural Center). In 1983, Wind returned to Minnesota and worked as a computer specialist for the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and the United States Forest Service.

Joy Harjo, the 23rd United States Poet Laureate and enrolled member of the Muscogee Nation, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1951. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1978. Her 1990 poem titled “Grace” is addressed to Darlene Wind.


0.25 linear inches

Language of Materials



Talk written by Darlene Wind and presented by Joy Harjo at the Latino-Native American Cultural Center 30th reunion luncheon.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1551) were donated by Darlene Wind in 2001.

Emma Barton-Norris, 2023; Meredith Kite, 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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