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Humanities educator

Robert J. Conley was a Cherokee author and enrolled member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, a federally recognized tribe of American Indians.


Conley, Robert J. was born on December 29, 1940 in Cushing, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Robert Parris and Peggy Marie Conley.


Master of Arts, Midwestern University, Wichita Falls, Texas, 1968.


Instructor Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, 1868—1971, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, 1971—1974. Coordinator department Indian culture Eastern Montan College, Billings, Montana, 1975—1976. Assistant programs director Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, 1976—1977.

Director department Indian studies Bacone College, Muskogee, 1977—1978, Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, 1979—1988. Sequoyah distinguished professor Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, since 2008. President Western Writers America, since 2010.


  • In 2007, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas. The sixth of the series, The Dark Island (1996) won the Spur Award for best Western novel in 1995. He has also won two other Spur Awards, in 1988 for the short story "Yellow Bird", and in 1992 for the novel Nickajack.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (novels) Sequoyah, The Dark Island (Spur), Cherokee Dragon, (non-fiction book) The Cherokee Nation: A History, Cherokee Thoughts: Honest and Uncensored.


Married Evelyn L. Snell. Children: Cheryl Williams, Eddie Williams.

Robert Parris

Peggy Marie Conley

Evelyn L. Snell

Cheryl Williams Conley

Eddie Williams Conley