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Leader of 1970s nonviolent Indian war dies at 75
Kootenai leader Amelia Trice, who declared nonviolent war on US government in 1974, has died
By The Associated Press

BONNERS FERRY, Idaho (AP) ' 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.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review,

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