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Ken Hansen recalled as warrior for Samish Nation

Friends and family recall Ken Hansen, the former chairman of the Samish Nation of Washington, as a dedicated leader who refused to give up.

Hansen worked for the tribe for more than 30 years, including about 20 years as chairman. He played a role in nearly every major decision of the tribe and was especially committed to restoring the tribe's federal recognition.

"Kenny was a good warrior," recalled Russell Woodruff, the chairman of the Quileute Tribe, in The Seattle Times. "He was fighting a hell of a battle."

Once the tribe regained recognition, Hansen promoted economic development, language revitalization and infrastructure development. He died July 29 at the age of 54.

Get the Story:
Samish's Ken Hansen, 54, called "true tribal leader" (The Seattle Times 8/2)

Court Decision:
Samish Indian Nation v. United States (August 19, 2005)

Relevant Links:
Samish Indian Nation -

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