February 2nd, 2023

KIPI News, September 16, 2022 – Part 1

A Trailblazer in Montana politics is being remembered….Gary Niles Kimble’s work in politics and managing organizations and agencies that addressed issues facing tribal communities, has passed on to the spirit world. Kimble, 80, died of complications from a motor vehicle accident. He was a pioneer in Montana politics and helped set the foundation for American Indian federal policy throughout his career.

Cree Nation athlete Trina Ross was given a hero’s welcome at the Winnipeg airport in Canada after winning eight medals – including three golds – at the 2022 Dragon Boat World Championships in the Czech Republic. She was the only Indigenous woman on Team Canada to compete in the International Canoe Federation championships, which were moved from Ukraine to Racice, Czech Republic, this year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Acey D, Morrison, a 30-year-old Two-Spirit person, was killed in Rapid City, on August 21st. She is at least the 29th trans or gender-nonconforming American to become a victim of fatal violence this year, per the records of the Human Rights Campaign. As the delayed reporting of Morrison’s death indicates, that figure is likely an undercount – as is the case with too many trans people, reports of Morrison’s death did not make national news because she was misgendered in initial reports. Law enforcement found Morrison dead in a mobile home, after the owner of the residence reported the murder to police.