Frank LaMere

SIOUX CITY, IA - AUGUST 20, 2019
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Several Democratic presidential candidates have appeared at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum today at Sioux City’s Orpheum Theater.      

Former Maryland Congressman John Delaney took questions on wide range of issues from rescinding medals given to soldiers who took part in Native American massacres to opioid addiction.  

Delaney was also asked how he would try to improve the chronically underfunded Indian health service hospitals and clinics.

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A malpractice lawsuit involving a Sioux City plastic surgeon got underway this morning in Dickinson County District Court in Spirit Lake.  That’s according to the Clerk of Court.    

The trial was scheduled for Woodbury County District Court.  But, a judge granted a change-of-venue in the case.

The trial involves a woman who says Dr. Adam Smith used breast implants instead of butt implants during a cosmetic procedure.

A Presidential candidate forum focused on Native American issues is underway at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Sioux City. 

The forum is named after Native American activist Frank LaMere of Siouxland who died in June. 

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has been dogged by criticism since her claims of Native American ancestry have been disproved, apologized for her actions.

I know that I have made mistakes.  I am sorry for harm I have caused. I have listened and I have learned . . . a lot.”  

A Presidential candidate forum focused on Native American issues underway at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Sioux City.  

The forum is named after Native American activist Frank LeMere of Siouxland who died in June. 

Eight Democratic candidates are speaking in-person at the forum.  Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has been dogged by criticism since her claims of Native American ancestry have been disproved, apologized for her actions, saying she had “listened and learned.”  

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Frank Lamere spent most of his adult life as an activist.  He lived in South Sioux City and worked as a member of the American Indian Movement in the 1970’s. 

LaMere was a leader in the Democratic party serving as a chairman of the National Native American Caucus and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention many times over. 

He recently received an honorary Doctorate from Nebraska Wesleyan University.  An honor that meant a lot to him. 

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Representative Steve King took to the house floor today in Washington to try and persuade other members of congress to approve funding to help fight substance abuse in Siouxland.

He added a proposal to a potential funding bill that would help pay for drug and alcohol treatment services for Native Americans.

King also honored the memory of community leader Frank LaMere who died this week of cancer.

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Jun 18, 2019
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Funeral services take place tomorrow for community activist and democratic party leader Frank LaMere.  LaMere died over the weekend after a battle with cancer.

LaMere struck up an unusual alliance with Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa.  The two worked on a plan to battle homelessness and substance abuse among native Americans in Northwest Iowa.

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Native American activist and Democratic party leader Frank LaMere has died.

A post on Facebook said he passed away last night in Omaha.  LaMere recently underwent surgery for bile duct cancer. 

LaMere was a champion for the less fortunate  in the region.  Most recently he worked to help the homeless and people battling with addiction in the area and spoke to Siouxland Public media about his mission at a special summit that took place in Sioux City in April.

LaMere was 69 years old.