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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Muhammad Ali Eulogized by Native Speakers at Funeral

“Yes, Muhammad Ali was world champion three times, but right here, right now, is his fourth time.” 

Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan for the Onondaga Nation, and Chief Sidney Hill, the Atodaho, or spiritual leader of the Haudenosaunee, Iroquois Confederacy, were invited to speak at Muhammad Ali’s funeral ceremonies in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday, June 10. Also attending was Ernie Stevens of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association.

"Ali marched into Washington with us," Lyons said as the audience again applauded loudly. "He was a free, independent spirit, who stood his ground with great courage and conviction, and yes he paid a price, this country paid a price, and we all did. Values and principles will determine one’s destiny, and the principles of a nation will do the same.”