Dieter, Cree, 1916-1988
He was the founding Chief of the National Indian Brotherhood in
1968, the forerunner of the Assembly of First Nations. Dieter
was a Cree, born on the Peepeekisis Reserve near Balcarres, Saskatchewan.
He enlisted with the Royal Regina Rifles during the Second World
War but was turned away due to his tuberculosis. He served as
the head of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations from
1966 to 1968. In 1980 he was appointed an Officer of the Order
of Canada for his work towards better education and social conditions
for aboriginal Canadians. He died of cancer in Regina, Saskatchewan,
and buried on the Okanese Reserve.