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Monday, April 25, 2005

Remembering Mary Dann - W. Shoshone Warrior

Western Shoshone Grandmother Mary Dann Has Passed On

One of the most courageous and principled defenders of indigenous peoples' rights, Mary Dann, has passed to the spirit world. Colorado AIM extends its heartfelt support and prayers to Mary's family. We especially remember Mary's sister, Carrie, in this time of loss and sorrow. Although many people advance the rights of indigenous peoples on a theoretical level, Mary and Carrie live the struggle -- every day, in their homeland. We take great strength from Mary's example, and our tribute to her must be found in our re-dedication to the vindication of Western Shoshone treaty rights, as well as the rights of all Native peoples to be free.

Below is the statement of the Western Shoshone Defense Project.
Support Western Shoshone treaty rights!

Mary and Carrie Dann defending their homeland in Newe Sogobia (Western Shoshone homeland - Nevada)

April 23, 2005.

Crescent Valley, Nevada (Newe Sogobia). With very heavy hearts, we regret to inform you that yesterday evening, April 22, 2005, Mary Dann, Western Shoshone grandmother and life long activist passed away. Mary was killed in an accident while working on her family's ranch. She died as she would have wanted - with her boots on and hay in her pocket. Mary is survived by her sister, Carrie Dann, her grandchildren, her greatgrandchildren, her nieces, and nephews and her two brothers, Richard and Clifford and many, many more relatives and friends. Mary was an honorable, incredible woman who inspired people through her quiet strength and unwavering faith in the Creator.

Mary Dann will be sorely missed but she will never be forgotten.

Service arrangements are being determined by the family.
We have received many calls about arrangements for Mary's passing and thank everyone for their kind words and their love for Mary. There will be a visitation at the Burns Memorial Home today, Sunday April 24. Beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Final services are still being determined.

Please feel free to call here at the office if you need anything or want to a leave a message.

Western Shoshone Defense Project P.O. Box 211308, Crescent Valley, NV 89821
(775) 468-0230 Fax: (775) 468-0237

Carrie Dann opposing Columbus Day in Denver - October, 2004

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