Helen Tanner Walks On; Provided Critical Expert Testimony in U.S. v. Michigan

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BEULAH — Helen Tanner was only about 5 feet tall, but she is remembered as a pioneering giant in writing Great Lakes Indian history.

The noted ethnohistorian’s research and testimony proved crucial to a historic 1979 federal court ruling that upheld Michigan Indian treaty fishing rights.

Tanner died late Wednesday night at her home less than a month before her 95th birthday on July 5. A memorial service will be planned later.

One thought on “Helen Tanner Walks On; Provided Critical Expert Testimony in U.S. v. Michigan

  1. Mary J. Shomin June 21, 2011 / 1:59 pm

    “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”

    – Joseph Campbell

    Chi-Miigwetch to Ms. Tanner for all she gave to us.

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