Muhammad Ali, known as “The Greatest,” died in Phoenix on Friday night. He was 74. Muhammad Ali, who was born Cassius Clay, was a three-time heavy weight boxing fighter.

A fighter for social justice, in 1978, Muhammad Ali was on hand in Washington, D.C. to offer his support to the Longest Walk.

Ernie Stevens, Jr., chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association had the honor to meet Muhammad Ali and present him with a bolo tie.

“I told the Greatest that Indian Country loved him and that we were fighters just like him and that we will keep fighting the fight and carrying his powerful message,” commented Stevens to Native News Online after hearing of Ali’s death Friday night.

“I gave him an awesome bolo tie and assured him it was a gift from Indian Country because of our love and respect for him. I rattled off as many tribes as I could in the short time I had with him. I told him that we love and respect him. I rambled on some more I knew it may be my only opportunity to tell him what we as Native American’s feel about him.”

Pictured here (left to right) are Muhammad Ali, Buffy St. Marie, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Harold Smith, Stevie Wonder, Marlon Brando, Max Gail, Dick Gregory, Richie Havens, and David Amram at a concert at the end of the Longest Walk 

 Muhammad Ali at a Native American rally in York, PA. 

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