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Imre Sutton


Imre Sutton, Professor Emeritus of geography at California State University, Fullerton and a pioneer of indigenous mapping, died of prostate cancer on october 25, 2012. He was 84. He was a teacher and bibliographer, a loving father and husband, an amateur pianist and composer, and an editor and consultant. An energetic and exacting man, he brought his expertise in cartography and environmentalism to bear on Indian policy and law. In the rapidly changing panorama of late twentieth century Indian country, Imre recognized the pivotal importance of Indian land tenure. Imre was nothing less than a visionary to his colleague in Indian Affairs Patrice Kunesh, who has said that Imre “had the sense of changing impulses, particularly around land tenure, the heart and soul of the American Indian identity and history” (personal communication, Dec. 27, 2012).

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