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Fetal alcohol syndrome author has died

April 14, 1997

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) _ Michael Dorris, an adoptive parent of children with fetal alcohol syndrome and author of a prize-winning book on the subject, has died, a family friend said Sunday.

Dorris died here Thursday or early Friday, said Rep. Peter Burling of Cornish, the New Hampshire House minority leader.

Dorris won a National Book Critics Circle award in 1989 in the non-fiction category for ``The Broken Cord,″ a first-person account of how fetal alcohol syndrome affected his son, who has died.

Dorris, of Native American descent, also wrote ``Native Americans: 500 Years After,″ ``A Guide to Research in Native American Studies″ and ``A Yellor Raft on Blue Water.″

His wife, Louise Erdrich, wrote ``Love Medicine″ and other acclaimed novels about American Indians. Together, they wrote ``The Crown of Columbus.″

Burling said Dorris and Erdrich lived in Cornish for 12 years and said Dorris most recently lived in Minneapolis.

Two years ago, their adopted son, Jeffrey Dorris, was cleared of charges he used threats to try to get them to give him $15,000 and publish a manuscript he wrote.

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