“This is such a loss – one that’s felt globally,” Ray Gardner, Chairman of the Chinook Indian Nation, told Indian Country Today Media Network. “It has been very heartwarming – the amount of other nations that have contacted us, locally, from British Columbia, and even further away. We even had a couple nations from back east contact us as well, to make sure [Stevens’] family knew they were in their prayers… It’s something that crosses the scope of all Native people. We’re all striving towards the same thing – having a peaceful relationship not only with each other, but also globally.”
The Chinook – a band without a reserve, and one that has long struggled for federal recognition – are located on the shores of the Columbia River in Washington state. To the south, near Salem, Oregon, one of its neighboring tribes also felt the impact of Stevens’ death.