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Leader of 1970s nonviolent Indian war dies at 75

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Posted: Jul 29, 2011 1:33 PM
Leader of 1970s nonviolent Indian war dies at 75

Amelia Trice, the leader of an American Indian tribe that declared a nonviolent war against the U.S. government in the 1970s, has died at the age of 75.

The Spokesman-Review reported that Trice was leader of the Kootenai (KOOT'-nee) tribe in northern Idaho when the tribe declared a nonviolent war against the U.S. in 1974 to win a reservation from the government. On Sept. 20, 1974, tribal members set up informational pickets and asked for 10-cent tolls on U.S. Highway 95 at Bonners Ferry.

A standoff followed for several weeks before Trice led a delegation to Washington, D.C., for talks. President Ford eventually signed a bill transferring 12.5 acres of federal land to the tiny tribe for a reservation outside Bonners Ferry.

Trice died last week after a long battle with cancer.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com