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America's Crow Indians face death to put affairs in order


CROW AGENCY, Montana, June 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A team of law students which recently descended on the Crow Indian Reservation in the American West to help tribal members write property wills, were cautioned in advance by their professors to be culturally sensitive.

Do not say the words "death," "dying" or even "will," they were told.

"It's really tough to do a will without saying death," conceded the architect of the Tribal Wills Project, University of Denver's Sturm College of Law Professor Lucy Marsh.

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