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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs mourns death of colleague Pete Domenici
National | Politics
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
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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
Opinion
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
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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
Arts & Entertainment | Opinion
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
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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
Education | Opinion
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
National | Politics
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
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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
Opinion
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
National | Sports
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
Opinion
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
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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
Arts & Entertainment | National
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
National | Sports
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
Opinion
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
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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
National | Sports
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
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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
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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
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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
National | Federal Recognition
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
Opinion
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.

Adrian Jawort: Recollections of a great warrior Joe Medicine Crow
Opinion
Adrian Jawort: Recollections of a great warrior Joe Medicine Crow (April 7, 2016)
Joe Medicine Crow was known as the Last Plains Indian War Chief because in Europe during World War II he’d completed all four tasks needed to become a Crow war chief.

Former Soboba Band chairman Robert Salgado passes on at age 73
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Former Soboba Band chairman Robert Salgado passes on at age 73 (March 7, 2016)
Robert Salgado helped the southern California tribe emerge from destitute conditions but fell from grace after being indicted on bribery and tax evasion charges.

Steve Russell: Justice Antonin Scalia was wrong about Indian law
Law | Opinion | Politics
Steve Russell: Justice Antonin Scalia was wrong about Indian law (February 15, 2016)
Justice Scalia was a worthy adversary, a man of talent and skill. He was just wrong.

Justice Antonin Scalia dies with Indian law cases on the docket
Law | National | Politics
Justice Antonin Scalia dies with Indian law cases on the docket (February 13, 2016)
The late justice was a consistent anti-tribal voice on the nation's highest court.

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony mourns passing of William Coffey
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Reno-Sparks Indian Colony mourns passing of William Coffey (February 4, 2016)
William Coffey, Jr., was a veteran who served 22 years on the tribal council. He was 86.

Famed Indian ballerina Yvonne Chouteau passes on at age of 86
Arts & Entertainment | National
Famed Indian ballerina Yvonne Chouteau passes on at age of 86 (February 1, 2016)
Yvonne Chouteau rose to fame in the 1940s and performed with some of the most prestigious dance groups in the world.

Colorado River Indian Tribes historian Michael Tsosie passes on
Education | National
Colorado River Indian Tribes historian Michael Tsosie passes on (January 20, 2016)
Michael Tsosie was a former director of the tribe's museum and a fierce defender of the tribe's sovereignty.

Andre Cramblit: David Bowie inspired a generation of Native youth
Arts & Entertainment | Opinion
Andre Cramblit: David Bowie inspired a generation of Native youth (January 20, 2016)
David Bowie inspired a generation of youth, yes even Native youth, to imagine, dream and live outside the box.

Former Prairie Island president Albert White passes away at 69
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Former Prairie Island president Albert White passes away at 69 (January 13, 2016)
Albert Charles “Sonny” White's Dakota name was Wah Cho Geh Nee Gah, or One Who Leads.

Joy Harjo: A tribute to one of our beloved messengers John Trudell
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Joy Harjo: A tribute to one of our beloved messengers John Trudell (December 10, 2015)
Poet and musician Joy Harjo, a member of the Muscogee Nation, shares a tribute to the late John Trudell, who died on December 8, 2015, at the age of 69.

American Indian Movement activist John Trudell passes on at 69
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American Indian Movement activist John Trudell passes on at 69 (December 9, 2015)
'I don't want to tell people how to remember me,' the late legend said prior to his passing. 'I want people to remember me as they remember me.'

Navajo Nation mourns passing of former leader Leonard Haskie
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Navajo Nation mourns passing of former leader Leonard Haskie (December 8, 2015)
Leonard Haskie was the first person to hold the title of president as part of a restructuring of the tribal government into separate branches.

Yurok Tribe: Mourning the passing of 'visionary' Troy Fletcher
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Yurok Tribe: Mourning the passing of 'visionary' Troy Fletcher (November 25, 2015)
Troy Fletcher, the longtime executive director for the Yurok Tribe of California, passed away on November 20, 2015. He was 53.

First woman to lead KBIC Myrtle Tolonen passes on at age 80
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First woman to lead KBIC Myrtle Tolonen passes on at age 80 (November 18, 2015)
In addition to serving the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community with distinction, Myrtle Tolonen was a two-time breast cancer survivor and a breast cancer advocate.

Former Crow Creek Sioux chairman Vernon Ashley passes on
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Former Crow Creek Sioux chairman Vernon Ashley passes on (November 12, 2015)
Vernon Ashley led the tribe when it adopted its first constitution and when it was forced to give up most of its best lands along the Missouri River.

Eastern Cherokee police officer Anthony Lossiah is laid to rest
Law | National
Eastern Cherokee police officer Anthony Lossiah is laid to rest (October 16, 2015)
The 38-year-old officer died on October 6 after suffering an injury on duty.

Grand Traverse Band holds memorial for first chair Ardith Harris
National | Federal Recognition
Grand Traverse Band holds memorial for first chair Ardith Harris (September 9, 2015)
Ardith 'Dodie' Harris, who died on August 1 at the age of 67, was the first and only woman to lead the Michigan tribe.

Harlan McKosato: Sending my mother home in the traditional way
Opinion
Harlan McKosato: Sending my mother home in the traditional way (August 25, 2015)
In the hustle and bustle of the 21st Century, it’s not easy to drop everything and tend to your tribal traditions.

Clara Caufield: Bonnie Clincher Red Elk was champion of free press
Opinion
Clara Caufield: Bonnie Clincher Red Elk was champion of free press (July 9, 2015)
With weighty heart, I join with other Native journalists (so few in number) in mourning the loss of our esteemed colleague, Bonnie Clincher Red Elk.

Joel Reynolds: Saying goodbye to Native elder Bobby Andrew
Environment | Opinion
Joel Reynolds: Saying goodbye to Native elder Bobby Andrew (June 23, 2015)
I didn't expect the Pebble Mine would outlast Bobby Andrew. He was a fighter who never seemed to get tired.

Alaska Native man stabbed to death at Yakama Nation home
Law
Alaska Native man stabbed to death at Yakama Nation home (June 23, 2015)
Donald Edwards, 42, was attacked at a Father’s Day barbecue on the reservation.

Authorities investigate murder of woman from Oneida Nation
Law
Authorities investigate murder of woman from Oneida Nation (June 10, 2015)
Krystal Torres-Smith 39, was found dead on the UW-Green Bay campus. She had been shot multiple times.

Former Lumbee Tribe chairman Jimmy Goins killed in car accident
National | Federal Recognition
Former Lumbee Tribe chairman Jimmy Goins killed in car accident (June 8, 2015)
Jimmy Goins led the tribe from 2004 to 2010 and was a strong advocate for federal recognition.

Lakota Country Times: Timothy Standing Soldier passes on at 54
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Lakota Country Times: Timothy Standing Soldier passes on at 54 (April 24, 2015)
Timothy Standing Soldier passed away last week after a battle with cancer.

Native Sun News: Lakota rodeo legend Howard Hunter passes on
National | Sports
Native Sun News: Lakota rodeo legend Howard Hunter passes on (April 22, 2015)
On April 4, the rodeo world and Oglala Lakota Nation lost one of their most decorated athletes in modern history, with the passing of Howard W. Hunter Sr.

Navajo Nation president mourns passing of Elouise Chicharello
Law | National
Navajo Nation president mourns passing of Elouise Chicharello (April 21, 2015)
Elouise Chicharello, the first woman to serve as regional director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs regional office on the reservation, died on April 11.

Brandon Ecoffey: Vincent Brewer was a family man and a cowboy
Opinion
Brandon Ecoffey: Vincent Brewer was a family man and a cowboy (April 17, 2015)
Vincent Brewer Sr. accomplished so much in his life. As a young man he served valiantly in the U.S. Navy, he played for a team that managed to pull out a victory over the Harlem Globe Trotters, and he would go on to be a longtime Chief Judge for the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Dana Lone Elk: Francis Pumpkin Seed always had a bright smile
Opinion
Dana Lone Elk: Francis Pumpkin Seed always had a bright smile (April 15, 2015)
I was so saddened to hear of this brother's passing last week because of all the encouragement he brought to those behind the tiopa maza, iron door.

Column: Michael Jandreau was 'giant' to many in Indian Country
Opinion
Column: Michael Jandreau was 'giant' to many in Indian Country (April 13, 2015)
Some of the speakers talked of Michael Jandreau as if he were a giant. In the sense of history, perhaps he was.

Mourners pay tribute to late leader of Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
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Mourners pay tribute to late leader of Lower Brule Sioux Tribe (April 10, 2015)
Hundreds attended the funeral of Michael Jandreau, who led his people for 36 years.

Former chairwoman of Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe passes away
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Former chairwoman of Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe passes away (April 9, 2015)
Judith Peterson served one term as chair of the South Dakota tribe, from 1987 to 1990.

Native Sun News: Chairman of Lower Brule Sioux Tribe walks on
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Native Sun News: Chairman of Lower Brule Sioux Tribe walks on (April 9, 2015)
Michael Jandreau, who humbly attributed his enduring success as leader of the Kul Wicasa Oyate for more than 35 years to the people themselves, has made his journey to the spirit world.

Dennis Ickes: Michael Jandreau was humble servant to his tribe
Opinion
Dennis Ickes: Michael Jandreau was humble servant to his tribe (April 7, 2015)
We will remember Michael Jandreau's vision, his humility, selflessness, intellectual brilliance, talent for attracting people of special ability to serve with him, his probing questions of experts, and his special ability to inspire.

Funeral for late leader of Lower Brule Sioux Tribe on Thursday
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Funeral for late leader of Lower Brule Sioux Tribe on Thursday (April 6, 2015)
Michael Jandreau was hailed as a promoter of economic development and stability on the reservation.

Montana tribe pays respects to late attorney Evelyn Stevenson
Law | National
Montana tribe pays respects to late attorney Evelyn Stevenson (March 18, 2015)
Stevenson worked for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes for more than 30 years and was known as an advocate for the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Cherokee Nation mourns loss of respected journalist John Shurr
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Cherokee Nation mourns loss of respected journalist John Shurr (March 2, 2015)
Shurr served on the editorial board of The Cherokee Phoenix, the tribe's newspaper.

Kevin Abourezk: Omaha language advocate passes on at age 58
Education | National
Kevin Abourezk: Omaha language advocate passes on at age 58 (February 27, 2015)
Mark Awakuni-Swetland’s accomplishments were many and likely will have longstanding impact on the Omaha Tribe.

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