We’re all going to miss Frank LaMere

You probably didn’t know Frank LaMere, the 69-year-old Native American activist who was a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Northeast Nebraska. He died recently of cancer.

You may have seen his picture in the newspaper or on TV. Maybe you heard his name on the radio or in casual conversation. Even if you didn’t, trust me, he’s the kind of guy we’re all going to miss.

LaMere has been around a long time. He’s been a vocal opponent of: Keystone XL Pipeline; beer sales at Whiteclay; the in-custody death of a Native American man in Omaha. He’s been an advocate for: reform of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs; federal loans for the Santee and Winnebago Tribes to buy back reservation land; keeping Native American children with their families and out of the foster care system.

He’s long been a Democrat, reelected last year as the first associate chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party. He served seven consecutive times as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from 1988 to 2012

 

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