David Cole is also the author of four previous books in this series. In 1994, he co-founded NativeWeb (www.nativeweb.org), an Internet corporation for Native Americans and indigenous peoples of the world. A long-time political activist, he is currently writing a sociological study of hate crimes and community healing, based on the 1998 murder of James Byrd in Jasper, Texas. He lives in Syracuse, New York, with cultural anthropologist Deborah Pellow, a professor at Syracuse University. He also has a place in the desert near Tucson, Arizona, where he spends eight to ten weeks a year writing and researching.