Stars and Stripes 25 Dec, 2020 06:45 am

'Most important Indian,' Army veteran Hank Adams dies

'Most important Indian,' Army veteran Hank Adams dies
Hank Adams was called the "most important Indian” by influential Native American rights advocate and author Vine Deloria Jr., because he was involved with nearly every major event in American Indian history from the 1960s forward.

He sees things we don’t see,” attorney Susan Hvalsoe Komori said when Adams was awarded the 2006 American Indian Visionary Award by Indian Country Today.“That turned into a civil rights agenda,” Adams said in an interview.Richard Nixon’s special assistant, Leonard Garment, said Adams’ role was essential.” “Plus they took my typewriter, which I’d had since 1968 during our encampment on the Nisqually River,” Adams said.

He “directed the FBI to return everything that they’d taken from me and particularly my typewriter,” Adams said with a laugh.He was perhaps best known for his work to secure treaty rights, particularly during the Northwest “fish wars” of the 1960s and ’70s.

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