Lisa Morris, author of ‘Dying in Indian Country,’ is currently a commissioner with the congressional Commission on Native Children (CNC)

– (official full name – ‘Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children.’)

Morris is also a doctoral student, working on her ‘Doctor in Philosophy, Public Policy/Social Policy’ degree, as well as administrator for the Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare.

Morris and her husband, Leech Lake member Roland John Morris, founded CAICW in 2004 following years of speaking out against the Indian Child Welfare Act and other harmful aspects of federal Indian policy.

READ Morris’ Master thesis, “The Philosophical Underpinnings and Negative Consequences of the Indian Child Welfare Act” – A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the Helms School of Government in Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Arts in Public Policy, June 2019 – https://caicw.org/2019/10/21/the-philosophical-underpinnings-and-negative-consequences-of-the-indian-child-welfare-act/

The Book, ‘Dying in Indian Country,’ is recommended by Congressman Kevin Cramer, former Canadian MP Reed Elley, and former Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, William B. Allen.

Dying in Indian Country‘ is the true story of a Native American father who rejected ‘identity’ politics, tribal government corruption, and the reservation system that was destroying his family.

After his family created a simple web page in the late 90’s discussing what is wrong, other families began writing to him from across the country, telling their stories and asking for help.

Read chapter one and get your signed copy here.

Read: Recommendation by Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND)

Read: Chapter One

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– as well as a discounted copy to send to your elected official.

Crime and corruption are never made better and can never be made better by giving those responsible for the crime and corruption more money and power. 

Our Congressmen hear only one side when it comes to federal Indian policy – that of tribal leaders and lobbyists. But 75% of tribal members don’t live in Indian Country. Many have left due to the lack of jobs, rampant crime, and tribal government corruption. It is unknown how many of the 75% outside of Indian Country are ‘dissidents’ from the reservation system, but the question needs to be asked as an increasing number of families oppose the current system, have not lived under it for a long period of time, or have never lived under it and do not want to ever live under it. Many families are multi-heritage and their extended families have not had contact with the reservation for more than a generation or two.

Yet over-reaching decisions made between Congressmen and tribal government officials continue to affect them.

Read “Dying in Indian Country.” Roland Morris’s story reflects that of many tribal members who have distanced themselves from Indian Country due to the high levels of crime, abuse and corruption. Please find ways to both respect and include their thoughts and rights when deliberating laws that affect them.

Watch a 20-minute video concerning  ‘Ramifications of Native American Heritage on Constitutional Protections’


  • “Whether you are interested in federal Indian policy, social justice, or a good love story, you will find this book gripping.” Congressman Kevin Cramer, North Dakota
  • “…compassion for others comes through on each page–I had a hard time putting the book down. Beyond its value as a policy educational tool is its literary value–it is a work of art.” Jennifer Anderson Purvis, Ph.D., Adjunct Instructor of Government, Helms School of Government, Liberty University
  • “…truly gripping, with a good pace.”  Dr. William B. Allen, – Emeritus Professor, Political Science, MSU and former Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1989)
  • “…This very readable book is Lisa Morris’s brutally honest telling of her family’s life and experiences on reservations, including direct personal experience with the Indian Child Welfare Act, and tribal government jurisdiction over her husband and children…” Rick Jore, Former Montana Representative, House District 73
  • “Roland truly has encouraged many people…the last trip to D.C. was a testimony to God’s faithfulness.Rev. Robert Guthrie, B.Th. M.A. –Professor, Vanguard College, AB
  • “‘Dying in Indian Country’ is a compassionate and honest portrayal…I highly recommend it to you!” Reed Elley, former Member of Parliament, Canada; Chief Critic for Indian Affairs in 2000; Baptist Pastor, father of four native and metis children
  • “He was a magnificent warrior who put himself on the line for the good of all…. I can think of no-one at this time in this dark period of Indian history who is able to speak as Roland has.” Arlene, tribal member
  • “…hope emerging from despair… This is a story about an amazing life journey.” Darrel Smith. Writer, Rancher, South Dakota

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