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Native American educator

Greg Sarris, Native American educator. Recipient Award for best screenplay Santa Fe Film Festival, 1996, American Indian Film Festival, 1996, Best Reads award California Indiana Booksellers, 1996, Work of Literature Merit, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1996.


Sarris, Greg was born on February 12, 1952 in Santa rosa, California, United States. Son of Emilio Arthur Hilario and Mary Bernadette Hartman.


Bachelor, University of California at Los Angeles, 1978; Master of Arts, Stanford University, 1981, 88; Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1989.


He was chosen in 2005 to fill the Endowed Chair in Native American Studies at Sonoma State University. The Chair was endowed by his tribe. He was formerly the Fletcher Jones Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and a full professor at UCLA for ten years.

After finding the family of Emilio Hilario, Sarris began to claim that Hilario's father, Emiliano Hilario, who was Filipino, told him that his maternal great great grandparents were Tom and Emily Smith. Other family members dispute this claim. Official government records however, indicate that Sarris' maternal great great grandparents were Joseph Peter Stewart, a barber from Pennsylvania and Emily B. (Skanks) Stewart of Maine.

Both were African-American. The family has been traced back to 1799. Mary Bernadette "Bunny" Hartman, of Irish and German-Jewish descent, was his mother.

He was adopted by a local couple, George and Mary Sarris. Sarris attended local schools through Santa Rosa Junior College, and received a B.A. in 1978 from UCLA, where he also played football. He worked in Hollywood as a model and actor before going to graduate school.

He earned a Ph.D. in modern thought and literature at Stanford University in 1988, and returned to UCLA to teach in 1989. He co-produced an HBO movie, Grand Avenue with Robert Redford in 1996. Sarris serves as Chairman of , a federally recognized Indian tribe with offices in Rohnert Park, California.



Chief, Federated Coast Miwok Indian Tribe, Santa Rosa, California, 1993-1994, 94-95, 98—. Honorary president Word for Word Theatre Company, since 1995. Active First Americans in the Arts, since 1995.

Member Screenwriters Guild, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association-West, Authors Guild.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: movies, weight lifting, story telling, music.


Emilio Arthur Hilario

Mary Bernadette Hartman