Susan Devan Harness

Susan Devan Harness, M.A., author of “Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption,” is a member of the Salish-Kootenai Confederated Tribes as well as an American Indian transracial adoptee. Harness has written and presented extensively about American Indian assimilation policies both nationally and internationally. Her research in cultural anthropology at Colorado State University resulted in her first book, “Mixing Cultural Identities Through Transracial Adoption: Outcomes of the Indian Adoption Project (1958-1967),” which examined issues and outcomes of American Indian children who had been placed into Euro-American homes. Harness also holds an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology, as well as an M.A. in Creative Nonfiction Writing, both from Colorado State University. Harness is an affiliate with the Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University.

Current Schedule

2019 - Straddling Worlds: Native Writers Reinvent Identity2019 - Digging Up The Roots: Transracial Adoptees Seek Truth