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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ambassador to Libya

Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif speaks during a memorial service in Tripoli, Libya, Thursday, September 20, 2012, for U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, and three consulate staff killed in Benghazi on Sept. 11.

In the wake of the violent death of United States Libyan Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens on September 11, Indigenous people near and far are coming to terms with the loss of one of their own.
But it is the Chinook Indian Nation member’s reputation as a peacemaker respectful of diverse cultures that has affected others across Indian country. Messages of condolence have poured in.
LO RES Christopher Stevens AP705000736483 270x337 Ambassador Chris Stevens Mourned Across Indian Country as Peacemaker, Diplomat
J. Christopher Stevens (AP Photo)
“This is such a loss – one that’s felt globally,” Ray Gardner, Chairman of the Chinook Indian Nation, told Indian Country Today Media Network. “It has been very heartwarming – the amount of other nations that have contacted us, locally, from British Columbia, and even further away. We even had a couple nations from back east contact us as well, to make sure [Stevens'] family knew they were in their prayers… It’s something that crosses the scope of all Native people. We’re all striving towards the same thing – having a peaceful relationship not only with each other, but also globally.”

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Ruth said...

I did not realize he was Chinook. But I had been very impressed with his sincere attachment to Libyans, to the welfare of the people, and their attachment to him. It wasn't just a job.

Montag said...

I was surprised, too. That's why I read at least one Native American news source each week.

There is a lot of news not covered by the mainstream.

Ruth said...

I should add a NA news source.

Is Russia Today on your list?

Montag said...

No. I'll take a look at it.
I have Pravda (which came get weird at times), Moscow Times, and

The last is the best, but it's not in English, so one has to do a bit of work.