Marcie Rendon is a citizen of the White Earth Nation. Author Marcie Rendon was the recipient of the 2020 McKnight Distinguished Artist award. Her novel, Girl Gone Missing, Cinco Puntos Press, is the second in the Cash Blackbear series. The first, Murder on the Red River (2017 Cinco Puntos Press) won the Pinckley Women's Debut Crime Novel Award, 2018. It was a Western Writers of America Spur Award Finalist 2018 in the Contemporary Novel category. Two nonfiction children's books are Pow Wow Summer (MN Historical Press) and Farmer's Market: Families Working Together (CarolRhoda). Rendon was recognized as a 50 over 50 Change-maker by MN AARP and POLLEN, 2018. With four published plays she is the creative mind of Raving Native Theater. She curates community created performance such as Art Is...CreativeNativeResilience which features three Anishinabe performance artists on TPT Public Television, June 2019. Diego Vazquez and Rendon received the Loft's 2017 Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for their work with women incarcerated in county jails.
"Rendon's refreshing sequel to 2017's Murder on the Red River...When [Cash] hears about a missing coed, she contacts [Sheriff] Wheaton. Since they previously worked together successfully on a murder, Wheaton trusts Cash's sharp instincts and asks for her help in solving the case...Rendon, herself a member of the White Earth Anishinabe Nation, highlights the plight of Native Americans who were forcibly adopted by whites and Cash's discomfort in a land that is and is not hers. Readers will look forward to Cash's next outing."-Publishers Weekly "In her second outing, Cash Blackbear goes off to college and finds herself embroiled in the mystery of a missing classmate.'I'm not used to folks treating me like I'm stupid,' says Cash. But Moorhead State is another world, one slow to disclose the secrets of its initiated."-Kirkus Reviews "Rendon is a natural storyteller and a consummate writer, and we're indebted to Cinco Puntos Press in El Paso for bringing the unforgettable Cash Blackbear to life. There isn't a protagonist in recent fiction with the bearing of Rendon's creation, and we're the better for knowing her."-Jeffrey Mannix,Grand Rapids Herald-Review "Darn that Marcie Rendon but she did it again. She wrote another book featuring Renee "Cash" Blackbear which invariably led to non-stop, compulsive reading and thoughts about the 19-year-old protagonist...This is a good book. If you read it, block out uninterrupted time. It's hard to put down."-Deborah Locke, The Circle News: Native American News and Arts "The vivid writing and keen eye keep the pages turning and readers hoping for another book in this series."-Wendy J. Fox, Buzzfeed "I was so glad to have more Cash to read...please keep writing about Cash. I love her brains, her broken heart, and her intuition." -Kirstin Cronn-Mills, author of The Sky Always Hears Me "Against the landscape of a 1970s college town, the disappearance of a classmate draws Cash into a web of dreams, deceit and danger. Heart-stopping, heartrending and heartening, often all at the same time." - Linda LeGarde Grover, author of The Road Back to Sweetgrass "Cash Blackbear is a complex, courageous character, full of her own integrity." -Linda Rodriguez, author of the Skeet Bannion Mysteries "Murder on the Red River and Girl Gone Missing are excellent novels, so compulsively readable that they are difficult to put down...presenting compelling and engaging narratives that also touch on issues that face Indigenous peoples and communities." -Transmotion, Mary Stoecklein