Coeur d'Alene Tribe Elder Remembered As 'One of the Last Storytellers'

Posted by George Prentice on Sat, Dec 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Clifford SiJohn, 67, died December 24, 2012.
  • Clifford SiJohn, 67, died Dec. 24.

A tribal elder, remembered by Coeur d'Alene Native Americans as "one of our last storytellers," was honored and laid to rest Dec. 28.

The Associated Press reports that 67-year-old Clifford J. SiJohn died Dec. 24 in Coeur d'Alene. SiJohn "worked to preserve the [Coeur d'Alene Tribe's] customs and cultural heritage," according to the AP.

Tribe Chairman Chief Allan told the Spokesman Review that the tribe was "thankful for SiJohn's efforts to preserve and share their culture with the world."

SiJohn was a Vietnam War veteran, a former police detective, and an employee of the Bureau of Indian Affairs before his work as cultural awareness director for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, beginning in 1985.

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