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Navajo Activist And Musician Klee Benally Passed Away Over The Weekend In Phoenix

picture from Klee's Facebook page
picture from Klee's Facebook page

Navajo activist and musician Klee Benally passed away over the weekend in Phoenix. Benally advocated for environmental causes and indigenous matters, including the making of manmade snow at Arizona Snowbowl. Back in 2020, he was outspoken about an assault of a Navajo man, in which he claimed was by Flagstaff Police officers. He also advocated for the cleanup of abandoned mines on the Navajo Nation and spoke out against a Flagstaff ordinance that bans camping on public property in Flagstaff. Benally was also a guitarist in a band, with his sister and brother, called Blackfire. The cause of his death was not disclosed. Klee was 48 years old.

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