died Wednesday in New York City. He was 78.
He was a central figure in my recent 29-part Portland Press Herald series, "Unsettled", vigorously defending the Passamaquoddy in court at a time when nobody else would, calling national media attention to official handling of the brutal 1968 slaying of tribal member Peter Francis, and filing the first land claims case against Maine (via colonial power Massachusetts).
As the series reveals, he was for his troubles run out of the state and country by a state sponsored conspiracy orchestrated by the Attorney General's office.
I'll be writing a longer story on Ben-Shmuel-Yosef for next week's Telegram and will say some words about him at the "Unsettled" ebook launch reception Oct. 16.
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