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Tribal advocate Wapato, 73, dies

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Sherman T. “Tim” Wapato, a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes and advocate for tribal sovereignty, died at his home in Rapid City, S.D., of heart failure Sunday at age 73. A 21-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Wapato retired to become an enforcer of American Indian rights through several prominent organizations.