Vine DeLoria, Jr. dies
Noted American Indian author Vine DeLoria, Jr. died in Colorado on November 6 at age 72. A member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe who grew up in South Dakota, he wrote Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto (1969), which played a key part in the consciousness-raising that we folks on the Great Plains went through during the tail end of the Civil Rights Era. See his obituary in the Washington Post. His father, Vine DeLoria, Sr., served briefly as rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Vermillion, which I attended as a lad. I have warm memories of Father Vine, but I'm not sure if I ever heard his son speak in public.