Eddie Benton-Banai (Anishinaabe Ojibwe) was one of the founders of the American Indian Movement. He met his fellow co-founder Clyde Bellecourt (White Earth Ojibwe) in jail in the late 1960s and they and others fought for sovereign land rights and against police brutality. Benton-Banai walked on in November at the age of 89. Maxine Racehorse Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock), a longtime Native education and language revitalization advocate, was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education by President Jimmy Carter. She walked on in September at the age of 91. Those are two of the many Native Americans who died this year that we will take time to honor.
Dorene Waubanewquay Day (Anishinaabe Ojibwe) – midwife, activist and friend of Eddie Benton-Banai
Lorraine Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock) – daughter of Maxine Racehorse Edmo
Steve LaRance (Hopi/Assiniboine) – father of Nakotah LaRance
Break 1 music: Memorial Song (song) Porcupine Singers (artist) Alowanpi – Songs Of Honoring – Lakota Classics: Past & Present, Vol. 1 (album)
Break 2 music: Wim Ah I Wem, Tiwa (single) Gregg Analla (artist)