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Monacan Chief Sharon Bryant has died

The first woman chief of the Monacan Indian nation, Sharon Bryant, an Episcopalian lay minister who had begun the journey towards priesthood, has died of cancer just after celebrating her 54th birthday.

The Lynchburg News & Advance in Virginia announced her passing:

A lifelong resident of Amherst County, Bryant was elected chief in 2011.

During her tenure, she served as a strong advocate for the Monacan tribe and continuously pushed for federal recognition of the tribe’s indigenous status.

The paper had published a feature […]

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