Jess Sixkiller Murdered in Phoenix
Cherokee elder and urban Indian activist Jess Sixkiller, 78, was murdered at around 3 a.m. on September 25 at his home in Phoenix. His 79-year-old wife, hearing a disturbance, locked herself in another room and called 911. When police arrived, they found signs of forced entry and Sixkiller dead of a gunshot wound.
Janell Sixkiller, one of his four children, told gathered television reporters “This man was just a visionary…that was my dad…” She went on to say that her mother—married to her father for 58 years—was in palliative care for pancreatic cancer. "They gave her until December.”