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Seminole Tribe

article Former Seminole Tribe chairman Howard Tommie dies at 78 (11/15/2019)
(California) -- Howard Tommie, who helped usher in a new age of self-sufficiency for the Seminole Tribe as its chairman in the 1970’s, died Friday in a car...
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Tulalip Tribe

article Mourners turn out for Stan Jones, ‘the chief of chiefs (11/13/2019)
(Washington) -- It was a fitting tribute for the man known as the noble warrior who somehow managed to speak at his own funeral. Hundreds of people filled the Orca...
article Stan Jones: Mourning a death, celebrating a life (11/13/2019)
(Washington) -- Hundreds of people filled the Orca Ballroom at Tulalip Resort Casino on Nov. 12 to pay respects to Stan Jones, who died Nov. 5 at age 93. The funeral,...
article Mourners turn out for Stan Jones — “the chief of chiefs” (11/12/2019)
(Washington) -- It was a fitting tribute for the man known as the noble warrior who somehow managed to speak at his own funeral. Hundreds of people filled the Orca...
article Longtime Tulalip Tribes leader Stan Jones dies at 93 (11/7/2019)
(Washington) -- Stan Jones, an engaging and hardworking leader who bridged cultures and generations while turning the Tulalip Tribes into one of the region’s...
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Upper Skagit

article Upper Skagit tribal elder Violet "Vi" Fernando dies at 97 (11/12/2019)
(Washington) -- Violet "Vi" Fernando, an integral part of the community fabric of the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, died Saturday.
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Atlantic City Gaming

article Elderly Atlantic City woman who successfully battled the CRDA died late last month (11/4/2019)
(Atlantic City) -- Sadie Helen Brewington Marks, one of the few people in the resort's history to successfully fight the state, died Friday. She was 101.
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Choctaw Nation

article Memorial scheduled for former Choctaw Nation chief (10/30/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Funeral plans are underway this week for former Choctaw Nation Chief Gregory E. Pyle, and Saturday has been declared a National Day of Mourning across the...
article Choctaw Nation Chief reflects on the legacy of the late former Chief Pyle (10/29/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton credits his mentor, the late former Chief Greg Pyle for the expansion of the casino, among several other things, but more...
article Cole Mourns Loss of Chief Gregory Pyle (10/29/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after hearing about the passing of Gregory Pyle, the former Chief of the Choctaw Nation of...
article Former Choctaw Nation Chief dies Saturday at 70 (10/27/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Retired Choctaw Principal Chief Gregory E. Pyle died at 70 years of age on Saturday. Pyle served the Choctaw Nation in various roles, beginning in the...
article Former Choctaw Nation Chief Gregory Pyle dies at 70 (10/26/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Former Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gregory Pyle passed away Saturday at age 70. Pyle served as Chief from 1997 until his retirement in 2014. Prior to...
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Mississippi Band of Choctaw

article Memorial scheduled for former Choctaw Nation chief (10/30/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Funeral plans are underway this week for former Choctaw Nation Chief Gregory E. Pyle, and Saturday has been declared a National Day of Mourning across the...
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Mashpee Wampanoag

article PASSING: Shirley L. Mills, 90 (10/20/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- Shirley L. “Misqua Wahan” Mills, 90, went peacefully to her final rest on Friday, October 4 surrounded by her loving family. Misqua Wahan...
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Winnebago Tribe

article Winnebago Tribal Council member James Snow dies (10/20/2019)
(Nebraska) -- The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is mourning the loss of one of its tribal council members. A spokesperson for the tribe says James Snow passed away on...
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National Congress of American Indians

article Longtime NCAI member, volunteer Juanita Daugomah Ahtone dies (10/18/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Juanita Daugomah Ahtone, a longtime National Congress of American Indians member and volunteer, has died. She was 91. Indian Country Today reports that...
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Mining & Drilling

article A year after Prince George pipeline blast, B.C. First Nation wants answers (10/9/2019)
(British Columbia) -- A year after a natural gas pipeline exploded near Prince George, B.C., the people who felt their homes shake are still waiting for answers about...
article David Koch Was the Ultimate Climate Change Denier (8/23/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- A few years ago, I was sitting in the book-lined study of an elegant condo with a view of downtown Washington, interviewing a former senior Koch...
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Karuk Tribe

article Karuk Tribe Announces Passing of Beloved Leader (10/8/2019)
(California) -- It is with great sorrow that the Karuk Tribe announces the passing of Alvis “Bud” Johnson. Mr. Johnson was first elected Chairman by the...
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MGM Resorts

press release MGM Resorts reaches US$800 million settlement with victims of 2017 Las Vegas shooting (10/5/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- MGM Resorts International has reached a settlement agreement with the plaintiffs involved in a class litigation relating to the 1 October 2017 shooting...
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Seneca Nation

press release Seneca leader Snyder honored during funeral (10/5/2019)
(New York) -- Hundreds of relatives, friends and associates bid final farewell Friday to influential Seneca Nation leader Barry E. Snyder Sr., who died Tuesday after a...
article Seneca leader Snyder honored during funeral on Friday (10/4/2019)
(New York) -- Hundreds of relatives, friends and associates bid final farewell Friday to influential Seneca Nation leader Barry E. Snyder Sr., who died Tuesday after a...
press release NIGA mourns passing of Former Seneca Nation of Indians President Barry E. Snyder, Sr. (10/3/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) has joined the Seneca Nation of Indians in mourning the passing Former Seneca Nation of Indians President...
article Barry Snyder Sr., five-term Seneca Nation president and entrepreneur, has died (10/1/2019)
(New York) -- Barry E. Snyder Sr. grew up in poverty, struggled with adversity and wound up as one of the most powerful business and government leaders in the history of...
article Seneca Nation mourns passing of Barry E. Snyder Sr. (10/1/2019)
(New York) -- Barry E. Snyder, Sr. a visionary, respected and influential business and political leader of the Seneca Nation of Indians, passed away today after a brief...
article Mabel F. Chambers, surgical technician, Seneca Nation lawyer (9/30/2019)
(New York) -- Mabel F. Chambers left an established career as a surgical technician in 1985 to become an attorney for the Seneca Nation of Indians, where her research...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

National Indian Gaming Association

press release NIGA mourns passing of Barry E. Snyder, Sr. (10/2/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Indian Gaming Association joins the Seneca Nation of Indians in mourning the passing Former Seneca Nation of Indians President Barry E...
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Navajo Nation

article Missing 94-Year-Old Grandfather Found Deceased on Navajo Nation (9/23/2019)
(Arizona) -- The search for Dennis Hardy, Sr. has ended tragically. The Apache County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the body of the 94-year-old grandfather was found...
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Cherokee Nation

article Former CN Treasurer, Councilor Chapman dies (9/9/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Former Cherokee Nation Treasurer and Tribal Councilor Gary Dean Chapman died Sept. 3 at age 81. According to his obituary, he was born to Ezekiel “...
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Shinnecock Tribe

article James H. Phillips Jr. Of The Shinnecock Indian Nation Dies September 4 (9/9/2019)
(New York) -- James H. Phillips Jr. died at his home on September 4, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was 93 and was known by many nicknames, “Uncle Jim,...
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Hard Rock

article Gaming technology expert Lyle Bell dies at 69 in Florida (8/21/2019)
(Florida) -- A longtime gaming executive specializing in information technology and credited with developing gaming systems that networked with slot machines has died....
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White Mountain Apache

article Tribe remembers Ronnie Lupe, ‘a man of compassion’ (8/20/2019)
(Arizona) -- The word that was used most frequently by speakers offering tribute to longtime former White Mountain Apache Tribal Chairman Ronnie Lupe was “...
article Navajo County pays tribute to Ronnie Lupe (8/16/2019)
(Arizona) -- The passing of long-time White Mountain Apache Tribal Chairman Ronnie Lupe was recognized with a long, moment of silence at the Navajo County Board of...
article Former White Mountain Apache Tribe chairman Ronnie Lupe passes on (8/13/2019)
(Arizona) -- Ronnie Lupe, a longtime former chairman of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, passed away on Monday. He was 89 years old. Lupe led his people for a record...
article White Mountain Apache Tribe remembers former Chairman Ronnie Lupe (8/13/2019)
(Arizona) -- The White Mountain Apache Tribe lost one of its most influential leaders on Monday, officials said. Former longtime chairman Ronnie Lupe died on Monday at...
article Ronnie Lupe, WMAT icon has passed away at 89 (8/12/2019)
(Arizona) -- Ronnie Lupe, who served as the chairman of the White Mountain Apache Tribe for nine terms — 36 years — has died. He was 89. Lupe served his...
article White Mountain Apaches lose Ronnie Lupe 'one of its greatest leaders' (8/12/2019)
(Arizona) -- One of the most influential and long-time fixtures in White Mountain Apache tribal leadership died Monday. Former Chairman Ronnie Lupe was 89 years old.
article Ronnie Lupe, WMAT icon has passed away at 89 (8/12/2019)
(Arizona) -- Ronnie Lupe, who served as the chairman of the White Mountain Apache Tribe for nine terms — 36 years — has died. He was 89. Lupe served his...
article White Mountain Apaches lose Ronnie Lupe 'one of its greatest leaders' (8/12/2019)
(Arizona) -- One of the most influential and long-time fixtures in White Mountain Apache tribal leadership died Monday. Former Chairman Ronnie Lupe was 89 years old....
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First Nations

article 'An important message': Heart garden planted at RCMP detachment in Whitehorse (8/17/2019)
(Canada) -- A bed of flowers in the shape of heart has been planted in front of the RCMP detachment in Whitehorse. The heart garden was unveiled on Tuesday. Its red and...
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Eastern Shoshone

article One of few remaining fluent speakers of Eastern Shoshone language dies (8/9/2019)
(Idaho) -- Roberta Rose Wesaw-Engavo, one of the few remaining fluent speakers of the Eastern Shoshone language, died last week. She was 84. Engavo not only spoke her...
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Black Hills

article Native Sun News Today: Black Hills land claim attorney passes on (8/8/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Last week noted Washington attorney Arthur Lazarus, Jr., passed away at the age of 92 from heart and kidney complications. From 1956 until 1980,...
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Agua Caliente

article Agua Caliente Vice Chair Larry Olinger remembered as respected leader and mentor with sense of humor (8/5/2019)
(California) -- As a new member of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians council, Reid Milanovich often turned to its vice chairman for advice and was never left...
article “Above all that, he was my friend”, Band of Cahuilla Indians Honors Former Vice Chairman Larry Olinger (8/5/2019)
(California) -- It was a day of emotion and gratitude as the members of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians honored the life and legacy of Larry Olinger. On July...
article Services scheduled for Agua Caliente Tribal Council Vice Chairman Larry N. Olinger (8/4/2019)
(California) -- A memorial service has been arranged for Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Vice Chairman Larry N. Olinger. A ceremony to honor his life and legacy...
article Memorial service for Larry N. Olinger, Agua Caliente vice chairman, to take place Monday (8/3/2019)
(California) -- A memorial service will be held on Monday for Larry N. Olinger, vice chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The service will be open to...
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Spokane Tribe

article Friends, relatives remember Bob Wynecoop, author of tales about growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation (8/3/2019)
(Washington) -- Bob “Chick” Wynecoop was a good Christian, but he never liked praying publicly, so much so that as a child he found a loophole. At summer...
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Flandreau Santee Sioux

article PASSING: Lee A. Taylor (7/30/2019)
(Arizona) -- Lee Allen Taylor, 71, passed away Friday, July 19, 2019 at Yuma, AZ. Lee was born November 4, 1947 in Pipestone, MN, to Ted and Berneice (Rice) Taylor. He...
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Lac Vieux Desert Band

article PASSING: Philo, Steven (7/28/2019)
(North Carolina) -- December 24, 1942 - July 21, 2019 Steven Edward Philo, 76, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019. Mr. Philo was born December 24, 1942 in Winston Salem,...
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Supreme Court

article TRAHANT: Treaties are a contract between sovereigns; the legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens (7/17/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- John Paul Stevens joined the Supreme Court as a conservative member appointed by President Gerard Ford. Yet when Stevens retired as a justice he was...
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Other News

article Champagne and Aishihik First Nations mourn death of elder Paddy Jim (11/16/2019)
(North Canada) -- Champagne and Aishihik First Nations lost their oldest elder, Paddy Jim. Jim, whose Tlingit name was K'axhnuxh and Southern Tutchone name was...
article Remembering Maurina Beadle, the Mi’kmaw woman who fought Canada on Jordan’s Principle and won (11/15/2019)
(Nova Scotia) -- Maurina Beadle, a mother from Pictou Landing First Nation who took Canada to court over Jordan’s Principle and won in an effort to help her...
article Shirley Lois Cloud-Rickman (11/9/2019)
(Idaho) -- Shirley Lois Cloud-Rickman passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at Palouse Hills Memory Care, in Moscow. She fought courageously...
article OP/ED: Indian Country loses a good friend (10/28/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Earlier this month, the Northern Cheyenne and Sioux - indeed all Indian Country - lost a good friend. John L. (Jack) Bailey (88), also known as...
article Juanita Ahtone was ‘a guiding light and ray of wisdom’ (10/16/2019)
(Indian Country) -- The volunteer booth and hundreds of attendees at the National Congress of American Indians 76th annual convention will deeply miss one Kiowa woman...
article Nashville’s Indigenous community remembers Luther Medicine Bird White Eagle (10/7/2019)
(Tennessee) -- Little more than a year ago on August 4, a stalwart of the Native cause, Luther Medicine Bird White Eagle, left this world to begin his final journey. In...
article Napoleon Chagnon, 81, Controversial Anthropologist, Is Dead (9/30/2019)
(Michigan) -- Napoleon Chagnon, a cultural anthropologist whose studies of the indigenous Yanomami people of the Amazon rain forest made them famous but whose methods...
article 'A very humble man': Community mourns death of former Wolastoq grand chief (9/25/2019)
(New Brunswick) -- A former grand chief of the Wolastoq Grand Council and spiritual leader of the Wolastoqiyik has died. Harold Laporte was diagnosed with lung cancer...
article Barron Hilton, Hotel Magnate and Founding A.F.L. Owner, Dies at 91 (9/20/2019)
(California) -- Barron Hilton, who oversaw the vast expansion of his father’s hotel empire and took part in changing the pro sports landscape as an original club...
article Indian Affairs Committee remembers and honors the late state Sen. John Pinto (9/10/2019)
(New Mexico) -- A flag flew over the U.S. Capitol in May in memory of state Sen. John Pinto — a sheepherder and Navajo Code Talker who became one of the longest...
article Ningali Lawford-Wolf, Indigenous Australian Actress, Dies (9/2/2019)
(Australia) -- Ningali Lawford-Wolf, an Indigenous Australian actress who brought the world of her people to the stage and, most notably, to the screen in the film...
article Nashville Indigenous community honors Luther Medicine Bird White Eagle (8/28/2019)
(Tennessee) -- On Saturday, August 17, the local Indigenous community honored Luther Medicine Bird White Eagle by the holding of a Memorial Dance marking his passing a...
article ‘Hardly a ripple’: The solitary life and death of a homeless man and his dog near the 520 bridge (8/25/2019)
(Washington) -- In journalism, it’s a continual roll of stories, and after a while, they recede. But sometimes, years later, they return with unexpected...
article Nashville Indigenous community honors Luther Medicine Bird White Eagle (8/23/2019)
(Tennessee) -- On Saturday, August 17, the local Indigenous community honored Luther Medicine Bird White Eagle by the holding of a Memorial Dance marking his passing a...
article Doug George-Kanentiio: Ray Cook always stood up for his Mohawk ideals (8/12/2019)
(New York) -- I have been asked about my thoughts regarding the passing of Ray Cook, July 14, a man I have know for over 40 years. He was one of the most passionate of...
article 'He's taught me so much': Winnipeggers raise funds for homeless artist's funeral (8/9/2019)
(Manitoba) -- Dozens of Winnipeggers are helping to pay for a funeral for a homeless artist who found solace drawing wild animals in a traditional Anishinaabe style....
article Northerners remember René Fumoleau's love and dedication to the Dene (8/8/2019)
(Northwest Territories) -- Antoine Mountain can still remember René Fumoleau peering over his shoulder while he typed up the rough draft of one of Fumoleau's books...
article Dave Palermo was a consummate journalist and an amazing storyteller (8/4/2019)
(Nevada) -- Long before Dave Palermo earned his place as one of the most knowledgeable gaming journalists in the country, he made his mark in Southern California as a...
article Ken Coleman: When it comes to L. Brooks Patterson’s bigotry, I refuse to be silent (8/4/2019)
(Oregon) -- L. Brooks Patterson, the longtime charismatic and curmudgeonly Oakland County executive, died on Saturday at age 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer....
article Arthur Lazarus Jr., Champion of Native American Rights, Dies at 92 (8/4/2019)
(Washington) -- Arthur Lazarus, a lawyer and champion of legal rights for Native Americans, who won a landmark award for the Sioux Nation in its ongoing struggle...

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