We Mourn the Passing of Jim Northrup - Writer, Poet, Performer
We mourn the passing of a beloved Elder, Jim Northrup, Ojibwe writer, poet and performer, 73, who passed away Aug. 1 due to complications from lung cancer. Jim served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, and much of his poetry focused on that time period. He lived a traditional life with his wife Pat on the Fond du Lac Reservation south of Cloquet, Minnesota. Jim is well known for his syndicated "Fond Du Lac Follies" newspaper column, which the Minnesota Historical Society Press published as “Anishinaabe Syndicated: a view from the Rez.” The collection included his columns from 1989 to 2001.
"I first met Jim in ABQ at a Native journalism conference. I think I was still in my 20s.
I reconnected with Jim and Pat a couple years ago on the rez. I am blessed to have known these folks!" -- Shirley Sneve, Executive Director, Vision Maker Media