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  Ahguu Waa-Guxdish Senator Daniel Inouye (One Who Leads) Passes On  
December 17, 2012
By Glenda Baker Embry, Public Information Officer


      The people of the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation lost a friend in the Senate with the death of Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii on December 17. Senator Inouye visited the four Indian reservations in North Dakota in 1988, fifteen months after he became chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs. When he visited Fort Berthold he was given the name “One who Leads, ahguu waa-guxdish” by the late William Bell. He always remembered his name.  When Chairman Hall was first elected tribal chairman in 1998, he visited with Senator Inouye and called him by his Indian name. Hall said, Inouye was pleased and responded warmly to the greeting.
     Chairman Hall said, he was a great senator and left behind a giant footprint that will be hard to fill, and he was a true warrior who won the Medal of Honor during WWII and fought injustice in the Senate.
     Inouye was the second longest serving Senator in the history of the senate and had served Hawaii since it became a state in 1959. 
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