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Winnebago activist Frank LaMere passes on
Winnebago activist Frank LaMere passes on (June 17, 2019)

Frank LaMere, an activist from the Winnebago Tribe who was known for his decades of work in Indian Country, passed away on June 16, 2019.


United South and Eastern Tribes mourn passing of first president Joe Dan Osceola
United South and Eastern Tribes mourn passing of first president Joe Dan Osceola (June 11, 2019)

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the passing of Joe Dan Osceola, 1936-2019.


Native Sun News Today: Patron of Native arts Ray Hillebrand walks on
Native Sun News Today: Patron of Native arts Ray Hillebrand walks on (June 10, 2019)

Known for his benevolent spirit and quiet philanthropy, Ray Hillenbrand was a longtime supporter of the Native art community.


St. Regis Mohawk Tribe mourns passing of Code Talker Louis Levi Oakes
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe mourns passing of Code Talker Louis Levi Oakes (May 29, 2019)

It is with a heavy heart that the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has joined in sharing condolences for the loss of a beloved member of the community.


Alabama-Coushatta Tribe mourns passing of traditional chief Clem Sylestine
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe mourns passing of traditional chief Clem Sylestine (May 21, 2019)

Clem Fain Sylestine, a traditional leader of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe, has passed at the age of 91.


'An amazing person': Friends and family mourn loss of Leonda Levchuk
'An amazing person': Friends and family mourn loss of Leonda Levchuk (May 15, 2019)

The Navajo Nation citizen spent more than 20 years telling the stories of Native people.


Margaret Swimmer, former first lady of Cherokee Nation, passes on
Margaret Swimmer, former first lady of Cherokee Nation, passes on (April 5, 2019)

Margaret Swimmer, the wife of former Cherokee Nation Chief Ross Swimmer, passed away on April 1. She was 75.


'Not one more': Native woman laid to rest after going missing in urban area
'Not one more': Native woman laid to rest after going missing in urban area (April 1, 2019)

Amber Christine Hopkins was a 31-year-old citizen of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate who went missing in Minnesota's largest city.


White Earth Nation in mourning over passing of Chairman Terry Tibbetts
White Earth Nation in mourning over passing of Chairman Terry Tibbetts (March 19, 2019)

Terrence “Terry” Tibbetts served the White Earth Nation for more than three decades.


Haskell University mourns loss of basketball standout Darrian Diwayan
Haskell University mourns loss of basketball standout Darrian Diwayan (March 8, 2019)

Haskell Indian Nations University is mourning the loss of Darrian Diwayan, a basketball standout from the Pueblo of Laguna.


Clara Caufield: 'Sta-Vah-sah-whom' to my good friend Mike Her Many Horses
Clara Caufield: 'Sta-Vah-sah-whom' to my good friend Mike Her Many Horses (February 14, 2019)

Mike Her Many Horses, a leader of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, has gone on to the 'Last Camp' as the Cheyenne would say.


Tim Giago: Losing two wonderful friends -- Lois Rapp and Jerry Reynolds
Tim Giago: Losing two wonderful friends -- Lois Rapp and Jerry Reynolds (January 7, 2019)

May Indian Country journalist Jerry Reynolds and Lois Rapp, who was my mother-in-law, rest in peace.


George H.W. Bush, 1924-2018, left lasting mark on Indian Country
George H.W. Bush, 1924-2018, left lasting mark on Indian Country (December 4, 2018)

George Herbert Walker Bush only served one term as U.S. president but it proved to be a productive one for tribal interests.


Clara Caufield: Another Northern Cheyenne warrior passes on
Clara Caufield: Another Northern Cheyenne warrior passes on (November 14, 2018)

Tim Lame Woman, whose Cheyenne name was Night Bear, dedicated his life to his people.


Ernie Jones Sr., president of Yavapai-Prescott Tribe, passes on
Ernie Jones Sr., president of Yavapai-Prescott Tribe, passes on (September 20, 2018)

Ernie Jones led the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe for the last 17 years.


Tim Giago: Native America loses a great journalist
Tim Giago: Native America loses a great journalist (September 17, 2018)

Adrian C. Louis, the Paiute author, poet and journalist, has passed on.


Red Lake Nation mourns passing of hereditary chief Billy King
Red Lake Nation mourns passing of hereditary chief Billy King (August 28, 2018)

Flags are flying at half-staff on the Red Lake Nation in honor of the late Billy King, a hereditary leader of the tribe.


Mark Trahant: John McCain and his legacy in Indian Country
Mark Trahant: John McCain and his legacy in Indian Country (August 27, 2018)

John McCain is remembered as a patriot and a hero by many in Indian Country.


Richard Monette: John McCain has been a genuine hero for Native America
Richard Monette: John McCain has been a genuine hero for Native America (August 27, 2018)

Senator John McCain’s passing has many of us wondering aloud whether the balance of America’s history will ever again produce such a giant spirit.


Southern Ute elder Sage Remington passes on at the age of 76
Southern Ute elder Sage Remington passes on at the age of 76 (August 9, 2018)

Sage Douglas Remington, an elder from the Southern Ute Tribe known for his political and cultural activism, passed away on July 31, 2018.


Native community shocked by passing of drum and dance group leader
Native community shocked by passing of drum and dance group leader (July 30, 2018)

Daron White Eagle, the founder of the Wambli Ska Drum & Dance Society, passed away on July 20. He was 54.


Navajo Nation mourns loss of Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday
Navajo Nation mourns loss of Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday (June 12, 2018)

The Navajo Nation is mourning the loss of Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday, who passed away at the age of 94.


Redding Rancheria pays tribute to late former chairwoman Barbara Murphy
Redding Rancheria pays tribute to late former chairwoman Barbara Murphy (May 18, 2018)

Barbara Murphy, a former chairwoman of the Redding Rancheria, passed away on May 8. She was 79.


Video: Navajo Code Talker Roy Hawthorne shares his story for veterans project
Video: Navajo Code Talker Roy Hawthorne shares his story for veterans project (April 24, 2018)

The Navajo Nation lost one of its heroes with the passing of Roy Hawthorne, Sr., one of the famed Code Talkers.


Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker Roy Hawthorne at age of 92
Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker Roy Hawthorne at age of 92 (April 23, 2018)

'I always stress to people that we aren’t heroes,' said the late Roy Hawthorne, Sr. 'We were chosen to serve in the Marine Corps and bring liberty to the enemy.'


Daniel Akaka, former chairman of Senate Committee of Indian Affairs, walks on
Daniel Akaka, former chairman of Senate Committee of Indian Affairs, walks on (April 6, 2018)

Daniel Akaka, a former U.S. Senator and a champion for self-determination, has passed away at the age of 93.


Nottawaseppi Huron Band mourns passing of Secretary Christine Lanning
Nottawaseppi Huron Band mourns passing of Secretary Christine Lanning (March 29, 2018)

Christine Lanning was known for her 'famous hugs' and for working to prevent domestic violence, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band said.


Actress who based 'Billy Jack' on growing up near Rosebud Reservation passes on
Actress who based 'Billy Jack' on growing up near Rosebud Reservation passes on (March 27, 2018)

Delores Taylor based Billy Jack on her experiences growing up near the Rosebud Sioux Reservation.


Former Lummi Nation chairman Larry Kinley passes on at age of 71
Former Lummi Nation chairman Larry Kinley passes on at age of 71 (February 21, 2018)

Larry George Kinley, a former chairman of the Lummi Nation, passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 71.


Former Moapa Band chairman William Anderson passes on at age 44
Former Moapa Band chairman William Anderson passes on at age 44 (February 2, 2018)

William Milton Anderson, a former chairman of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, passed away on January 28. He was 44.


Tim Giago: Indian Country loses one of its greatest in Harriett Skye
Tim Giago: Indian Country loses one of its greatest in Harriett Skye (January 25, 2018)

Dr. Harriett Skye, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, was a groundbreaker for many in Indian Country.


Navajo Nation leaders offer condolences to family of Code Talker Teddy Draper
Navajo Nation leaders offer condolences to family of Code Talker Teddy Draper (December 15, 2017)

Another Navajo Code Talker, the World War II heroes who used their language to develop and transmit unbreakable codes, has fallen.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Onondaga Chief Chief Irv Powless was a legend and a friend
Doug George-Kanentiio: Onondaga Chief Chief Irv Powless was a legend and a friend (December 13, 2017)

When I think of what it requires to be a rotiane in the best sense, Chief Irv Powless exemplified this in every instance of his 88 years and for that I am grateful


Death of George B. Willie marks another loss in ranks of the Navajo Code Talkers
Death of George B. Willie marks another loss in ranks of the Navajo Code Talkers (December 5, 2017)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation are mourning the loss of George B. Willie, Sr., who served as a Code Talker during World War II.


Albert Bender: Indigenous community in Nashville honors warrior Dennis Banks
Albert Bender: Indigenous community in Nashville honors warrior Dennis Banks (November 20, 2017)

An assembly of Native people and others honored the great warrior for Indigenous rights, Dennis Banks, with a celebration of his life entitled the 'Longest Walk.'


Leonard Peltier: Dennis Banks was one of the greatest Indian warriors of our time
Leonard Peltier: Dennis Banks was one of the greatest Indian warriors of our time (November 2, 2017)

Let my voice join in harmony, with the brothers and sisters of the American Indian Movement, to address our great loss of your father, grandfather, brother and friend Dennis Banks.


American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks passes away at the age of 80
American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks passes away at the age of 80 (October 30, 2017)

Famed American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks died on October 27,2017, after a brief fight with pneumonia. He was 80.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs mourns death of colleague Pete Domenici
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs mourns death of colleague Pete Domenici (September 13, 2017)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs took a moment of silence to honor of one of its former members, the late Pete Domenici.


Gun Lake Tribe mourns loss of former chair Leah Sprague-Fodor at age of 48
Gun Lake Tribe mourns loss of former chair Leah Sprague-Fodor at age of 48 (September 13, 2017)

Leah Sprague-Fodor, a former chairperson of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, passed away on September 10.


James Giago Davies: A tribute to the late Oglala veteran and author Ed McGaa
James Giago Davies: A tribute to the late Oglala veteran and author Ed McGaa (September 11, 2017)

Last month, my friend Ed McGaa set out on his final journey, a journey touched upon many times in the books he wrote about Lakota spirituality.


Alabama-Coushatta Tribe mourns passing of former chairman Carlos Bullock
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe mourns passing of former chairman Carlos Bullock (September 5, 2017)

Carlos Lydell Bullock, a former chairman of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe, passed away on August 29 at the age of 40.


Doug George-Kanentiio: A Mescalero Apache music legend passes on
Doug George-Kanentiio: A Mescalero Apache music legend passes on (May 30, 2017)

A. Paul Ortega, the Apache musician and traditional healer, died on May 17 at his home in Mescalero Territory in New Mexico.


Red Lake Nation in mourning after Secretary Don Cook passes away
Red Lake Nation in mourning after Secretary Don Cook passes away (May 3, 2017)

Flags on the reservation in Minnesota are flags at half-staff following the death of Don Cook at the age of 74.


Arne Vainio: We lost a fluent Ojibwe speaker in Larry Smallwood
Arne Vainio: We lost a fluent Ojibwe speaker in Larry Smallwood (April 28, 2017)

When we lose an elder, we lose a library.


Congressman who was advocate for Indian Country passes on
Congressman who was advocate for Indian Country passes on (February 23, 2017)

Eni H. Faleomavaega defended tribes on sovereignty, land-into-trust, gaming and economic development matters during his time on Capitol Hill.


Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker George Paul James
Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker George Paul James (November 10, 2016)

George Paul James was only 17 years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.


Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe loses elder Rubie Sooktis
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe loses elder Rubie Sooktis (September 7, 2016)

Last week the Northern Cheyenne people lost an elder who may very well be one of the last women to fully fulfill an ancient tribal tradition.


Native Sun News: Indian relay champion Hermis Tall passes away
Native Sun News: Indian relay champion Hermis Tall passes away (September 5, 2016)

Last month, the Indian horse relay racing world lost one of the greatest riders in history in Hermis Janis Tall.


Arne Vainio: The late Jim Northrup shared his calling with the world
Arne Vainio: The late Jim Northrup shared his calling with the world (August 18, 2016)

Jim Northrup was a boarding school survivor, a warrior in Vietnam, a cop on the reservation, a poet and an author of multiple books, a husband, father and grandfather.


Native Sun News: David Beautiful Bald Eagle laid to rest in homeland
Native Sun News: David Beautiful Bald Eagle laid to rest in homeland (August 5, 2016)

A rainbow arched over the burial scaffold of Chief David Beautiful Bald Eagle at sunset on the final day of his traditional Lakota funeral ceremony.


Award-winning Ojibwe writer Jim Northrup passes away at age 73
Award-winning Ojibwe writer Jim Northrup passes away at age 73 (August 2, 2016)

Jim Northrup was a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.


Unofficial NFL team mascot 'Chief Zee' passes away at age 75
Unofficial NFL team mascot 'Chief Zee' passes away at age 75 (July 20, 2016)

Zema Williams was an unapologetic fan of the Washington team and its racist imagery.


James Giago Davies: A father and son go out in their finest hour
James Giago Davies: A father and son go out in their finest hour (July 19, 2016)

There is a certain type of person who cannot receive the same pleasurable stimuli we do by thinking about it.


Alabama-Coushatta Tribe mourns loss of former chairman Kevin Battise
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe mourns loss of former chairman Kevin Battise (July 7, 2016)

Kevin Battise defended the tribe's rights during a high-profile gaming and sovereignty battle with authorities in Texas.


Native Sun News: Hockey Hall of Fame referee Oliver 'Butchy' Mousseau passes on
Native Sun News: Hockey Hall of Fame referee Oliver 'Butchy' Mousseau passes on (June 24, 2016)

Butch Mousseau was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 for being the first Native American referee in the National Hockey League.


Chairman Jim Boyd from Colville Tribes passes away at age of 60
Chairman Jim Boyd from Colville Tribes passes away at age of 60 (June 22, 2016)

Vice Chair Michael Marchand: 'This is a very, very sad day.'


Former Fond du Lac Band chairman Peter Defoe passes on at 77
Former Fond du Lac Band chairman Peter Defoe passes on at 77 (June 22, 2016)

Peter Defoe served four terms and secretary / treasurer of his tribe and as president of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.


Menominee Nation mourns passing of former chair Lisa Waukau
Menominee Nation mourns passing of former chair Lisa Waukau (June 20, 2016)

Lisa Waukau was a well-known educator who served as chair, vice chair and secretary of the Wisconsin tribe.


Former Catawba Nation Chief Gilbert Blue passes away at age 82
Former Catawba Nation Chief Gilbert Blue passes away at age 82 (June 14, 2016)

The late leader's biggest achievement was securing a land claim settlement and federal recognition for his people in 1993.


Arne Vainio: Saying Giigawaabamin (goodbye) to uncle and elder George Earth
Arne Vainio: Saying Giigawaabamin (goodbye) to uncle and elder George Earth (April 19, 2016)

Giigawaabamin, George. I will dance your regalia and I will remember every step is a prayer.