California woman battles Navajo Nation over husband's body

Feb 5, 2015 10:37 AM by News Staff

SUSANVILLE, Calif. (AP) - An Indian activist is battling with the Navajo Nation to allow her late husband's remains to be buried alongside other veterans at a Northern California cemetery.

The Sacramento Bee reports ( that on Jan. 23, a Navajo Nation judge ruled that Navajo law says DeeRoy "Spence" Spencer's body should be returned to the sprawling Navajo Nation and be buried there rather than in California.

The nation says he should be buried on the Arizona reservation where he was born.

The Vietnam War veteran died last month. He was 69.

On Wednesday, after losing in both tribal and state courts, Jean LaMarr paid to ship her husband's body back to the southwest then changed her mind as his casket was being taken to an airport. She now says she will bury him in a military cemetery in Susanville on Saturday.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee

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