Vine Deloria

Age: 72

leading American Indian scholar, famous for his many books on American Indian life and identity. His books were meant to shatter the stereotypes about American Indians. His most famous book, Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto, became an important book among the early Indian rights activists. Deloria's writing was often provocative, angry, and challenging. He felt this was the best way to shock people out of their complacency.

Died: Denver, Colo., Nov. 13, 2005

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