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Questions Raised About Tribal Singer's Death

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The suspicious death of a young tribal singer has his family, friends and an influential Native American activist determined to see that authorities conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.

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kat yazzie (400)
Friday December 5, 2008, 5:19 am
Please let me know if I need to post this...Thanks!

This is some upsetting news here!

kat yazzie (400)
Friday December 5, 2008, 5:27 am

Pamylle G (461)
Friday December 5, 2008, 5:34 am
This is tragic ! Is this Yuma as in Yuma, Arizona ? I lived there briefly in 1965, and most Euro-Americans there were mean-spirited and very, very prejudiced against Indigenous and Mexican folk.

I hope a proper investigation of this young man's untimely death is undertaken !

Faith M (161)
Friday December 5, 2008, 5:37 am
Most likely as suspected it was murder.Now the people need to insure that his causes are and were supported so that those responsible for his demise suffer from his going away by non achievement of what they had hoped. May it bring to them just the opposite and may his name become legend

FreeSpirit Running (320)
Friday December 5, 2008, 5:59 am
Wado {ty} Kat my igido {sister}, so very sadly noted.

News such as this, I believe is a shame that the murder of a young man so senselessly, makes my heart heavy.

Something smells fishy, and should definately be looked into, an investigation of such a beautiful soul taken away from us much too soon is neccessary.

I will say many prayers to the Great Spirit for his family to have strength during this time. R.I.P. young man, you will not be forgotten.

Walk with the light all,

nurith k (93)
Friday December 5, 2008, 6:07 am
i want the ones who killed this young man to be caught and punished. my heart goes to his grandparents and his loved ones, what a sad evening of life!! love from germany to all native grandparents.

kat yazzie (400)
Friday December 5, 2008, 6:47 am
Pamylle, yes, that is Arizona!

Past Member (0)
Friday December 5, 2008, 7:32 am
Tragic waste of a promising young life. My sympathy for his family, friends, and all he spoke for.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 5, 2008, 12:41 pm
This is so sad. Noted Thanks Kat.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 5, 2008, 12:52 pm
Tragic and so sad. Will pray for his family and hope the authorities do the right investigation.

. (0)
Friday December 5, 2008, 1:02 pm
Very SADLY and angrily noted!

Thelma Sumpter (30)
Friday December 5, 2008, 1:19 pm
Noted & Thank you Kat..
Thank you Kat for all you do on here. You are very Special...
This is some upsetting news
My sympathy for his family and all his friends..

Yvette Bonanno (56)
Friday December 5, 2008, 1:32 pm
So sad ! My thoughts & prayers go out to this young man's family!

. (0)
Friday December 5, 2008, 3:32 pm
noted my thoughts and prayers are with him and hi family

Sheryl G (360)
Friday December 5, 2008, 4:00 pm
He was 21 and an upcoming Leader among his people...another generation of extermination of leadership. Many in the past who spoke up too loudly for the rights of the Native People have met untimely deaths, or a close family member has a so called "fatal accident", or they get railroaded into jail.

Henry P (171)
Friday December 5, 2008, 5:51 pm
Noted MY Symathy for his family and friends

Irene Swope (4)
Friday December 5, 2008, 8:47 pm
A sad, untimely and unwarranted death of a young man who held the future in his gentle hands. Why was his voice silenced? I pray justice is done in this man's honor and his family and friends are able to find peace in their soul.

RosemaryRannes H (650)
Friday December 5, 2008, 8:52 pm
Clearly Lewis Jefferson, a Tribal Singer and a man of principle who cared about protecting Sacred Sites was struck down in his prime. Working as a monitor with the BLM it would seem obvious that he would have expressed, in no uncertain terms, how he felt about the proposed casino on Sacred Land.
My heart is heavy for his passing under circumstances that may not have been a result of his own doing. May JUSTICE prevail. May our Creator bring peace to those who loved him.

Lisa Y (104)
Saturday December 6, 2008, 7:32 am
Noted! How very tragic,my thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones!

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Saturday December 6, 2008, 10:35 am
Banks said when Native Americans get killed, not much tends to happen beyond the preliminary investigation.

"They look upon us as a nonexistent population. (The American Indian Movement is) going to monitor this very closely."

I do hope there is sufficient impetus to get to the bottom of this. Just days before the election... highly suspicious.

A tragedy for a brave soul, those who loved him and the community that would have benefited from his commitment.

Dometria Lanauze (6)
Saturday December 6, 2008, 10:51 am
How sad and awfully suspicious to me. He obviously knew something diabolical was afoot and wanted to bring it out in the open. Unfortunately, when there's greed and and corruption looming to further denegrate the lives of Our First Nations, then those who want to speak out are targeted to be permanently silenced. This seems to be the case here.

My prayers to his extended family, hope that the truth will be revealed and perpetrators caught and prosecuted. We cannot tolerate any more of the old adage that " a good Indian is a Dead Indian" Fie, for shame on those who took away this enlightened spirit who is now with the Great Father and has earned his Eagle Feather. Nun wah doe he yah duh/Peace in our Quest for Truth
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