As we dwell upon death, especially the untimely loss of dear friends and loved ones, we must also focus upon life.
'He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages,' Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood said of the legendary Ronnie Lupe.
Ray Cook was one of the most passionate of writers, a believer in the viability of his heritage and one committed to a long standing tradition among his people.
The late attorney Arthur Lazarus, Jr., handled the Sioux Nation's landmark claim to the Black Hills.
Arthur Lazarus Jr., an Indian law practitioner who represented the Sioux Nation in its Black Hills land claim, died on July 27, 2019.
John Paul Stevens often supported the rights of tribes during his time on the nation's highest court.
Eleanor Spears Dove was a trailblazer for Native food and culture. She passed away just a couple of weeks before her 101st birthday.
Winona 'Hawatay' Mitchell Caramony was the oldest living Omaha tribal citizen and one of her tribe’s last fluent speakers.
Curtis St. Cyr gained notoriety playing harmonica and singing the blues. But he also dedicated his life to his people and his family.
Peace and justice activist Frank LaMere is being laid to rest on the Winnebago Reservation as Native leaders and allies celebrate his legacy.
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.
It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the passing of Joe Dan Osceola, 1936-2019.
Known for his benevolent spirit and quiet philanthropy, Ray Hillenbrand was a longtime supporter of the Native art community.
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.
Clem Fain Sylestine, a traditional leader of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe, has passed at the age of 91.
The Navajo Nation citizen spent more than 20 years telling the stories of Native people.
Margaret Swimmer, the wife of former Cherokee Nation Chief Ross Swimmer, passed away on April 1. She was 75.
Amber Christine Hopkins was a 31-year-old citizen of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate who went missing in Minnesota's largest city.
Terrence “Terry” Tibbetts served the White Earth Nation for more than three decades.
Haskell Indian Nations University is mourning the loss of Darrian Diwayan, a basketball standout from the Pueblo of Laguna.
Mike Her Many Horses, a leader of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, has gone on to the 'Last Camp' as the Cheyenne would say.
May Indian Country journalist Jerry Reynolds and Lois Rapp, who was my mother-in-law, rest in peace.
George Herbert Walker Bush only served one term as U.S. president but it proved to be a productive one for tribal interests.
Tim Lame Woman, whose Cheyenne name was Night Bear, dedicated his life to his people.
Ernie Jones led the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe for the last 17 years.
Adrian C. Louis, the Paiute author, poet and journalist, has passed on.
Flags are flying at half-staff on the Red Lake Nation in honor of the late Billy King, a hereditary leader of the tribe.
John McCain is remembered as a patriot and a hero by many in Indian Country.
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.
Sage Douglas Remington, an elder from the Southern Ute Tribe known for his political and cultural activism, passed away on July 31, 2018.
Daron White Eagle, the founder of the Wambli Ska Drum & Dance Society, passed away on July 20. He was 54.
The Navajo Nation is mourning the loss of Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday, who passed away at the age of 94.
Barbara Murphy, a former chairwoman of the Redding Rancheria, passed away on May 8. She was 79.
The Navajo Nation lost one of its heroes with the passing of Roy Hawthorne, Sr., one of the famed Code Talkers.
'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, a former U.S. Senator and a champion for self-determination, has passed away at the age of 93.
Christine Lanning was known for her 'famous hugs' and for working to prevent domestic violence, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band said.
Delores Taylor based Billy Jack on her experiences growing up near the Rosebud Sioux Reservation.
Larry George Kinley, a former chairman of the Lummi Nation, passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 71.
William Milton Anderson, a former chairman of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, passed away on January 28. He was 44.
Dr. Harriett Skye, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, was a groundbreaker for many in Indian Country.
Another Navajo Code Talker, the World War II heroes who used their language to develop and transmit unbreakable codes, has fallen.
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
Leaders of the Navajo Nation are mourning the loss of George B. Willie, Sr., who served as a Code Talker during World War II.
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.'
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.
Famed American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks died on October 27,2017, after a brief fight with pneumonia. He was 80.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs took a moment of silence to honor of one of its former members, the late Pete Domenici.
Leah Sprague-Fodor, a former chairperson of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, passed away on September 10.
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.
Carlos Lydell Bullock, a former chairman of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe, passed away on August 29 at the age of 40.
A. Paul Ortega, the Apache musician and traditional healer, died on May 17 at his home in Mescalero Territory in New Mexico.
Flags on the reservation in Minnesota are flags at half-staff following the death of Don Cook at the age of 74.
When we lose an elder, we lose a library.
Eni H. Faleomavaega defended tribes on sovereignty, land-into-trust, gaming and economic development matters during his time on Capitol Hill.
George Paul James was only 17 years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.
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.
Last month, the Indian horse relay racing world lost one of the greatest riders in history in Hermis Janis Tall.
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.
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.