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Anishi Kumi

Nichi Mei one of the main characters in this book.

In my book, she tells another character that she is an Anishi Kumi

To other mortals, she is known as Dakota Cha. This is to help hide her true identity.

Did the name Dakota come from the state or tribe? No. When I was younger, I was involved in a branch of Girl Scouts called the Bluebirds and my “name” in that group was Dakota Kish.

Why did I use it in this book? Because of the meaning of Dakota. Nichi Mei is an ally of the people she is helping, but not their friend. She is different from them and honors that.