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Alabama-Coushatta Tribe

article Chief of Alabama-Coushatta tribe dies at age 91 (5/22/2019)
(Texas) -- On Tuesday, the traditional bell of the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Tribe rang to commemorate the death of Chief Mikko Colabe III Clem Fain Sylestine.
article Alabama-Coushatta Tribe mourns passing of traditional chief Clem Sylestine (5/21/2019)
(Texas) -- The traditional bell of the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Tribe rang this morning notifying the community of the passing of a tribal member as it has for decades.
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Code Talkers

article Legacy of Navajo Code Talker Fleming Begaye Sr. honored at funeral (5/18/2019)
(Arizona) -- With his casket wrapped in an American flag, hundreds of people gathered inside the Potter's House Chinle Christian Center on a sunny day to honor...
article One of the Last Navajo Code Talkers, Whose Native Tongue Stumped WWII Enemies, Has Died (5/16/2019)
(Arizona) -- Fleming Begaye Sr., a Navajo code talker who helped the Allies gain victory in the Pacific Theater in World War II, died on May 10, 2019 at the age of 97....
article Tribe: Navajo Code Talker Dies at 97 (5/11/2019)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has announced that World War II-era Navajo Code Talker Fleming Begaye Sr. has died. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says Begaye died...
article Navajo Code Talker Fleming Begaye, Sr. dies at 97 (5/10/2019)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Code Talker Fleming Begaye, Sr. has died at the age of 97.
article Navajo Code Talker Alfred K. Newman Sr. remembered (1/21/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Family and friends gathered in Farmington Saturday to say farewell to Navajo Code Talker Alfred K. Newman Sr. in a funeral service at the Maranatha...
article Alfred Newman, one of last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, dies at 94 (1/20/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Alfred K. Newman, one of the last of the Navajo Code Talkers, has died in New Mexico at age 94. Newman was among 400 Navajos who helped defeat the...
article Family, friends remember Navajo Code Talker Alfred K. Newman Sr. (1/20/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Family and friends gathered in Farmington Saturday to say farewell to Navajo Code Talker Alfred K. Newman Sr. in a funeral service at the Maranatha...
article Alfred Newman, one of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers, dies at 94 (1/16/2019)
(New Mexico) -- One of the last remaining members of the Navajo Code Talkers, who used their difficult-to-learn language to form an indecipherable code that helped the...
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Turtle Mountain

article Life of Councilman Carson Belgarde honored in Turtle Mountains (4/30/2019)
(North Dakota) -- The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa is honoring the life of one of its current councilmembers who passed away this past weekend. Carson Belgarde died...
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Grand Canyon

article Peoria woman identified as visitor killed after falling 200 feet at Grand Canyon's South Rim (4/25/2019)
(Arizona) -- A visitor who fell 200 feet to her death at the Grand Canyon's South Rim on Tuesday has been identified as a Peoria woman, officials said. Cynthia...
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Cherokee Nation

article Tribe’s last monolingual Cherokee speaker dies (4/24/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Mack Vann, the last monolingual Cherokee speaker, died on April 22 in Tahlequah at age 88.
article Margaret Swimmer, former first lady of Cherokee Nation, passes on (4/5/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Margaret Swimmer, a former first lady of the Cherokee Nation, passed away on April 1. She was 75. Swimmer's husband, Ross Swimmer, served as chief of...
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Ocean Resort Casino

article Former Owner of Ocean Resort Atlantic City Bruce Deifik Dies in Car Crash (4/16/2019)
(Colorado) -- Bruce Deifik, a Colorado developer who reopened Atlantic City’s Ocean Resort casino last year has died in a single-car crash in Denver at the age of...
article Former casino owner's death adds to the lore of the 'Revel Curse' (4/9/2019)
(Atlantic City) -- Life had been good to Bruce Deifik. A humble childhood led Deifik to Texas A&M University, where he graduated with a business and finance...
article Former Ocean Resort owner Bruce Deifik dies in car crash after Colorado Rockies game (4/8/2019)
(Colorado) -- Bruce Deifik, the former owner of Ocean Resort Casino, died Sunday in Denver. The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner confirmed Deifik's death Monday...
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Atlantic City Gaming

article Bruce Deifik, developer who reopened Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, dies in Colorado car wreck (4/8/2019)
(Colorado) -- Bruce Deifik, the developer who took on the shuttered Revel casino and reopened it as the Ocean Resort Casino last summer, has died in Colorado, according...
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Ho-Chunk Tribe

article Truman Lowe, acclaimed Ho-Chunk artist and professor emeritus, dies at 75 (4/8/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- UW–Madison alumnus and Professor Emeritus Truman Lowe (Wakajah), an internationally acclaimed artist whose works are deeply rooted in his Ho-Chunk...
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White Earth

article With tears and pride: Terry Tibbetts' widow accepts honors on his behalf at State of the Nation (4/6/2019)
(Minnesota) -- White Earth Tribal Chairman and respected pipe-carrier Terry Tibbetts recently passed away, and his spirit was strongly felt during the State of the...
article Tribal police chief's daughter, 28, killed her 2 sons and then herself (3/21/2019)
(Minnesota) -- A daughter of the White Earth tribal police chief who was found dead in her home killed her young sons and then herself, authorities said Wednesday. The...
article Free rides today and Friday to wake, funeral for Tribal Chairman Terry Tibbetts (3/21/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Funeral services for White Earth Chairman Terry Tibbetts will be held at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Mahnomen at 2 p.m. Friday. The visitation...
article White Earth tribal chair Tibbetts dies after lengthy illness (3/18/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Terry Tibbetts served White Earth Nation for 35 years, starting on a public works crew and working his way up to a successful run for tribal chair in 2016...
article Chairman of White Earth Reservation Has Died (3/17/2019)
(Minnesota) -- The White Earth Reservation Business Committee is deeply saddened to announce that Chairman Terrence “Terry” Tibbetts, age 60, passed away...
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Navajo Nation

article Navajo Nation in mourning after body of 4-year-old missing girl is found (4/5/2019)
(Arizona) -- Leaders of the Navajo Nation are mourning the loss of a 4-year-old girl who went missing on the Utah portion of the reservation last month. Anndine Jones...
article Former Navajo Nation President Milton Bluehouse Sr. dies (1/15/2019)
(Arizona) -- Milton Bluehouse Sr., who served six months as Navajo Nation president during a time of political upheaval, has died. Bluehouse died Monday morning weeks...
article Former Navajo Nation President Milton Bluehouse Sr. dies (1/14/2019)
(Arizona) -- Milton Bluehouse Sr., who served six months as Navajo Nation president during a time of political upheaval, has died. Bluehouse died Monday morning weeks...
article Family, tribal leaders remember former council delegate (10/27/2018)
(New Mexico) -- A former Navajo Nation Council delegate who died on Saturday is being remembered for his devotion to family and his willingness to share his political...
article Tribe Mourning Death of Navajo Nation Lawmaker (10/5/2018)
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation officials say a tribal lawmaker has died. Steven Begay represented a handful of communities in northwestern New Mexico on the Navajo Nation...
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Gun Lake

article PASSING: Robert Lee Savaglio Jr. (3/30/2019)
(Michigan) -- To know him was to love him and the world is an emptier place without him. Robert Lee Savaglio Jr was called to the Lord on March 18, 2019 at his home in...
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Bridgeport Casino

article Tribal chairmen, state mourn Bridgeport representative (3/15/2019)
(Connecticut) -- Leaders of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes joined state officials in mourning state Rep. Ezequiel Santiago, a Bridgeport Democrat, who died...
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Lac du Flambeau

article Past LDF Tribal President St. Germaine, Sr., Passes (3/13/2019)
(Michigan) -- A past president of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has died. Henry 'Butch' St Germaine, Sr., passed Sunday. St. Germaine was...
article 'Big Mike' remembered as leader in Lac du Flambeau, state (1/16/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- More than one person carries the name Mike Allen in the Lac du Flambeau community. But only one was known as "Big Mike." That name reflects the...
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Las Vegas Gaming

article COLUMN: Nearly forgotten, Riklis owned Riviera, helped create junk-bond financing that reinvented LV (2/2/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- I’ve given up wondering how Meshulam Riklis will be best remembered. Riklis, who died Jan. 25 in a Tel Aviv hospital at the remarkable age of 95,...
article Services to be held this week for Terrible Herbst founder (12/3/2018)
(Las Vegas) -- Funeral services are scheduled this week for the founder and chairman of Terrible Herbst, Inc.
article Terrible Herbst and JETT Gaming founder Jerry Herbst dies at age 80 (11/28/2018)
(Nevada) -- Terrible Herbst Inc. Founder and Chairman Jerry Herbst died Tuesday at the age of 80, the company announced in a statement.
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Native Voices

article GIAGO: Losing two wonderful friends -- Lois Rapp and Jerry Reynolds (1/7/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Lois Rapp walked on to the Spirit World on Christmas Eve. She loved Christmas Eve and always had the Christmas spirit.
article HARJO: Pulling no punches and making history: John McCain's legacy in Indian Affairs (9/9/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Twenty years before his own passing four days before his 82nd birthday, Senator John Sidney McCain, III eulogized fellow Arizonan Barry Morris...
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Foxwoods

article YEAR IN REVIEW: ‘We have suffered a major loss’ – Foxwoods tribal chairman on the death of Felix Rappaport (12/31/2018)
(Connecticut) -- Gaming executive Felix Rappaport came to Las Vegas from Philadelphia in 1991 to become vice president of hotel operations at The Mirage, which at the...
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Gila River

article Gila River Indian Community Honors Kenso Zenimura (12/27/2018)
(Arizona) -- Nisei baseball pioneer Howard Kenso Zenimura passed away on Dec. 13 at the age of 91. Zenimura, along with his brother Harvey Kenshi and their father...
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Pine Ridge

article Oglala Sioux tribal council member dies (12/16/2018)
(South Dakota) -- An Oglala Sioux tribal council member has passed away at the age of 56. Collins Joseph “CJ” Clifford died this past Tuesday. It is not yet...
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Eastern Band of Cherokee

article Acclaimed Cherokee artist passes away at 61 (12/10/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- Shan Goshorn, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who was currently living in Tulsa, Okla., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the age of 61....
article Swimmer was keeper of Cherokee traditions (12/9/2018)
(North Carolina) -- Amanda Sequoyah Swimmer was born in North Carolina at a time when Native American children were forced to attend boarding schools, as part of a...
article Beloved Man Chief Youngdeer laid to rest (10/24/2018)
(North Carolina) -- Flags of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the United States flew in the gentle breeze at the entrance of Cherokee Central Schools as the...
article Beloved Man Chief Youngdeer passes away (10/21/2018)
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has lost a great leader, man, and servant. Beloved Man Robert S. Youngdeer, a former Principal Chief, passed...
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Blackfeet Nation

article Blackfoot elder remembered as 'truly a cowboy,' Indigenous advocate (12/8/2018)
(Calgary) -- Pete Standing Alone bred horses, competed in the rodeo, featured in more than a dozen films and painted the face of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. As a...
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Buffalo & Bison

article Do bison grieve? Buffalo gather around stallion and seem to mourn the horse’s death (11/24/2018)
(North Dakota) -- Tiffany Craigo hiked to a remote valley in the craggy badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park to say her goodbyes to a stallion named Gray Ghost....
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Prairie Island

article Art Owen, Dakota spiritual leader and Army vet, dies at 68 (11/22/2018)
(Minnesota) -- When Art Owen died of a heart attack on Oct. 27, he left a role as spiritual leader in the Prairie Island Indian Community that will be difficult to fill...
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Colville Tribe

article Former tribal chairman dies (11/20/2018)
(Washington) -- Former Colville Business Council Chairman Mathew “Boobsie” Dick Jr., the great-grandson of the last Wenatchi chief, John Harmelt, died Nov....
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Shakopee Mdewakanton

article Tribal leader and proud veteran Glynn Crooks dies at 67 (10/14/2018)
(Minnesota) -- Glynn Crooks, a longtime leader of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, was passionate about passing on Dakota culture and traditions, as well as...
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Other News

article 'An amazing person': Friends and family mourn loss of Leonda Levchuk (5/21/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- A 48-year-old Navajo woman who spent more than 20 years telling the stories of Native people as a public relations professional at the National...
article Celebrations of life set in Port Angeles for tribal members (5/19/2019)
(Washington) -- Celebrations of life are scheduled this week for two tribal members from Port Angeles who were killed on Interstate 5 in Northern California on May 12....
article Chavis praised for championing educational opportunities for American Indian students (5/13/2019)
(North Carolina) -- Two people who knew Agnes Chavis and worked with her are remembering the former educator and champion of improved educational opportunities as a...
article Decorated tribal veteran to be first buried in Arlington cemetery (5/12/2019)
(Minnesota) -- It's an incredible, historic military honor for a White Earth family. Peter Thompson, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and member of the White Earth...
article One of the Last Monolingual Cherokee Speakers is Dead at 88 (4/25/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Mack Vann, among the last members of the Cherokee Nation who spoke and understand the Cherokee language and only the Cherokee language, has died at the age...
article Stephen Aloysius Lozar (4/18/2019)
(Montana) -- On Monday, April 15, 2019, Stephen Aloysius Lozar passed away to avoid paying his 2018 taxes, a jokester to the end. “Buddy as we all know him”...
article Leader’s legacy shaped by childhood (4/15/2019)
(California) -- According to those who knew him, the March 14 death of Viejas tribal elder Thomas Hyde marked the passing of a founding member of the Viejas Band of...
article Elder Noel Starblanket dead at 73 (4/15/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- Elder Noel Starblanket died in a Regina hospital early Monday morning surrounded by family. He was 73. Starblanket was well-respected in the community...
article Beloved cousins remembered after fishing boat capsized (4/12/2019)
(Nova Scotia) -- The chief of Paq'tnkek Mi'kmaw First Nation says Ozzy and Niko Clair embraced life and had a great sense of humour. The cousins died Monday...
article Tribe gathers to honor legacy of environmental activist and 'Dry Creek cowboy' Russell Jim (4/7/2019)
(Washington) -- A ceremonial air of reverence hung in the air, along with the smoky-sweet after-tinge of burned sage, at the Mt. Adams Community Center in White Swan on...
article Tribal Leader Frank Ettawageshik Honored; Cultural Preservation Legacy Fund Established (4/2/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- On March 6, 2019 during its annual Impact Week in Washington, DC, the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes (MAST) hosted an honoring of long-time...
article 'Nunavut has lost a great MLA': Speaker Joe Enook dead at 61 (3/30/2019)
(Nunavut) -- Joe Enook, a longtime Nunavut public servant and Speaker of the territory's Legislative Assembly, has died. Enook became the MLA for Tununiq after...
article Yakima elder Russell Jim: One-year memorial will release family from mourning (3/23/2019)
(Washington) -- Nearly a year ago, a Yakama elder who fought to prevent the Hanford site from becoming a repository for nuclear waste died. Family has refrained from...
article Tom Hyde, Viejas Tribal Elder and Last Original Reservation Member, 1927-2019 (3/21/2019)
(California) -- Tom Hyde, revered tribal elder, passed from this earth and his beloved Viejas community, March 14, 2019, at 92 years of age. He is survived by a large...
article Out of the Vault | Cayuse chief dies in Chicago accident (3/16/2019)
(Oregon) -- A prominent chief of the Cayuse tribe on the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton accidentally caused his own death in a Chicago hotel while traveling...
article Memorial event held for BIA employee (3/15/2019)
(Washington) -- Colleagues of Ron Skunes held a memorial gathering March 14 at the BIA Superintendent’s Office. A flyer circulated states “Remembering our...
article Friends mourn B.C. environmentalist Micah Messent after Ethiopian Airlines crash (3/11/2019)
(British Columbia) -- Micah Messent, an ardent young environmentalist who devoted his rising career to protecting the world's oceans and sharing Indigenous teachings...
article Doris Pratt, Sioux Valley elder who spent decades preserving Dakota language, dies at 83 (3/9/2019)
(Manitoba) -- An elder from Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, Man., who spent the bulk of her life preserving the Dakota language through teaching and by writing dictionaries...
article Haskell University mourns loss of basketball standout Darrian Diwayan (3/8/2019)
(Kansas) -- Haskell Indian Nations University is mourning the loss of Darrian Diwayan, a basketball standout who was from the Pueblo of Laguna.
article 'An inspiration to us all': Musicians, friends remember Nunavut's Charlie Panigoniak (3/7/2019)
(Nunavut) -- There was an outpouring of condolences and memories across the North on Wednesday as word spread that Inuk singer Charlie Panigoniak had died.

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