What People Are Saying

Speaking

“Dr. Nerburn’s thoughtful, genuine, and heartfelt comments truly engaged the audience. He did a terrific job.”

Brad Gioia – Headmaster, Montgomery Bell Academy – Nashville, Tennessee

Kent speaks as he writes, with such sensitivity and compassion. The audience was captivated; you could have heard a pin drop. He could have spoken for another hour and held everyone’s attention. We continue to hear comments from the community telling us, “fantastic program,” “wonderful speaker,” and “will he be back?”
Sandi Tobin, Vice president for Programming – Owatonna, Minnesota AAUW

“Kent’s presentation lent grace and poignancy to his written word. We could close our eyes and listen as his spoken words made history live with an emotional impact that reading alone could never provide.”
Carolynne Merrell, Secretary and board member – Nez Perce Trail Foundation

“Kent spoke eloquently about relations between native and non-native people and where non-native people often err. He spoke from experience and captured the attention of his diverse audience. We recommend him for any occasion.”
Arlen Kangas, President – Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation

“Dr. Kent Nerburn is a gentle man who can lead audiences to experience with him how cultures are so very different. What is especially valuable is that we learn how our own patterns of thinking do not allow us to recognize those differences. Kent teaches how to think in new ways. Not only that, his public reading and comments are of the highest order of philosophy and belief systems.”

Lynn Severson, Department of English – Bismarck State University

“Kent was the best speaker I’ve heard in our district in quite some time. He honored multiple perspectives in his talk while addressing the complexities of white privilege. Our teachers need to be pushed on issues of power and privilege. Kent interwove this and his stories very eloquently. Days later, teachers continued to tell me how they thought he was the best speaker they’ve heard in a while.”
Tanetha Grosland, Integration Equity Coach – North St. Paul, Minnesota school district.

“A peaceful, brilliant man, joyful, hopeful, and thought provoking…we are fortunate to have someone with his power of words.”

Headwaters Center of Lifelong Learning – Park Rapids, Minnesota

“Our people greatly enjoyed Dr. Nerburn’s presentation on the traditions and morals of the Native American people. Their spirituality is inspiring!”

Ami Voeltz, Executive Director – Do it Green! Minnesota

“Thank you for your heartfelt, honest, and truth-filled presentation. Your visit was truly meaningful and memorable for our students. When someone unique, someone assured, one who truly cares appears and interacts with passion, fire, and ‘heart of life’ certainty — I feel as though these students are getting an ‘opportunity’ and an alternate vision for their possibilities.”
William Cannon, Norfolk Agricultural High School – Walpole, Massachusetts

“Having Kent present to the Cedar Valley book clubs I felt like we were sitting around the kitchen table sharing. Kent’s insight and knowledge gives us all a better opportunity to understand the Native American world. We hope to have Kent back again!”
Mary Dove, Cedar Falls AAUW President – Cedar Falls, Iowa

“Kent used his expertise and contacts to not only meet, but exceed, our needs for an author visit. Our students’ eyes were opened to a painful chapter in our country’s history and he served as a bridge between cultures to make this learning meaningful and personal. Thank you Kent!”
Megan B. Ruble, Director of Student Activities – Gustavus Adolphus College – St. Peter, Minnesota

“Kent Nerburn is one of the most inspirational writers and speakers I have ever encountered. He has an uncanny ability to reach a diverse audience through his personal stories and readings. His words were truly a gift to our agency.”
Dennis Powers, CEO, Community Crossroads Community Support Services – Atkinson, New Hampshire

“Kent’s recent appearance with our group was considered by many to be one of the best ever. His natural authenticity, clarity and strength was evident throughout his presentation. Kent’s articulate storytelling & personal sharing expresses an integrated wisdom, and his humble presence embodies this wisdom”
Terry Shaughnessy, Men’s Series Coordinator – Wisdom Ways Spirituality Center, St. Paul, MN

Writing

“Kent Nerburn offers a sensitive, insightful glimpse into a Lakota soul, a feat unattainable by most non-Native writers.”
Joseph M. Marshall III, Sicangu Lakota, author of The Lakota Way and The Journey of Crazy Horse

“Elegant, yet powerful. The emotional truth that resides in the rich storytelling of The Wolf at Twilight is a testament to the strength and endurance of Lakota culture, and provides insight into the remarkable, painful nature of the story as it removes barriers to understanding our common humanity.”
Winona LaDuke, founder and executive director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project

“No matter whose narrative you find more compelling-Dan’s or Kent’s-you would be wise to listen carefully to this story.”
Phil Bellfy, PhD, White Earth Anishnaabe and professor of American Indian Studies at Michigan State University

“When I hear Dan speak I feel like I am hearing my grandfather’s voice.”
Darlene Walks Out, Ogallala Lakota

“The author’s ironic self-awareness as he serves as a foil to the various native people he encounters…deepens the very Indian humor that permeates a story that another, lesser writer might have seen as either tragic or inconsequential. It is also a poignant portrait of what it means to be a Native elder and a survivor of the often bitter experience of the Indian boarding schools of the 20th century.”
Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki, award-winning poet and author of Code Talker and Skeleton Man

“In Kent Nerburn’s new book, an unlikely friendship brings into light a dark period in American history and bridges understanding between two worlds. The story of this unique and captivating journey…is a remarkable gift that we are honored to receive and obligated to pass on.”
Steven R. Heape, Cherokee Nation citizen and producer of the award-winning documentary The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy

“On the road again with frybread and slugs of warm Kool-Aid in the lethal heat, Nerburn and a rez dog named Charles Bronson begin a search for a girl named Yellow Bird. This book is a straightforward narrative through uncomfortable territory, shining light on an elder’s needed values for Indianland.”
Diane Glancy, winner of the American Book Award, Pushcart Prize, and author of The Reason for Crows

“The best storytellers make you feel that they are speaking directly to you, and the best-told stories resonate in the heart and soul forever. The Wolf at Twilight will be permanently etched in your consciousness.”
Dan Agent, former editor of the Cherokee Phoenix and screenwriter for Our Spirits Don’t Speak English: Indian Boarding School