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Navajo Nation mourns loss of Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Arts & Entertainment

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.