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1999 Native american news highlights
---At the age of 36, Joe “The Boss” Hipp, a Blackfeet tribal member from Browning, Montana won the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Heavyweight Championship in 1999 making him the first Native American Heavyweight Champion of the World.
---Native american tribes and anthropologists battle over the bones of Kenewick Man, a prehistoric skeleton discovered in Kenewick, Washington, one of the oldest ever discovered in North America.
--- Shannon County, South Dakota, home of the Oglala Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation is identified as the poorest county in the United States.
---On April 16, 1999, Amnesty International, who recognizes Leonard Peltier as a political prisoner, called for his immediate and unconditional pardon and release.