Native American Activist ‘Jess Sixkiller’ Shot To Death In Home Invasion

Jess Sixkiller (Photo: Sixkiller family photo)

Jess Sixkiller (Photo: Sixkiller family photo)

By Red Power Media, Staff

Phoenix police are investigating a violent home invasion in which a prominent member of the Cherokee community was shot and killed.

The wife of, 78-year-old, Jess Sixkiller called 911 about 3:15 a.m. Friday, to report she believed someone was inside the home she shared with her husband.

Police spokesman James Holmes said she heard someone attempting to break into the home. She then heard what she believed to be a gunshot and found her husband in another room.

When officers arrived, they took the woman from the home and during a sweep of the house, they discovered Sixkiller shot to death.

She told authorities that she thought she heard someone say “police” in broken English, police said.

Police are continuing to investigate and asking for the public’s help in identifying the perpetrator.

The daughter of the victim identified her father as Jess Sixkiller, a former Chicago police officer and a Native American rights activist.

A memorial fund has been set up in Sixkiller’s name. Donations can be made to:

Wells Fargo Bank
Jess Sixkiller Memorial
Account #2457886071

Phoenix Police Homicide detectives have very little to go on in this investigation and they are asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything, or who may have information about this homicide to call Silent Witness at (480) WIT-NESS. As always, any caller may remain anonymous.

At this point in the investigation, they don’t know whether anything was stolen, but say there are signs of forced entry.


5 thoughts on “Native American Activist ‘Jess Sixkiller’ Shot To Death In Home Invasion

  1. With all the technology that the police have available at their disposal for DNA analysis, Hair and Fiber Analysis, Fingerprint Analysis, access to numerous criminal databases across the U.S. and in working with the FEDS one would surely think that it should just be a small amount of time before they find out who Murdered Jessie Sixkiller. Now anything other than a straight answer from the police is a waste of time and human resources.


  2. I remember Jess Six killer as a teenager at the Chicago American Indian Center. I can remember he and his partner gave me a ride home home from school one day when I was waiting for the bus! He will be missed. We sure missed him when he left Chicago. R.I. P. Mr. Six killer!


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  4. This is truly a giant loss to the Native American Communities! Jess was just in attendance at our Gila River Urban Meeting on Sept 3rd. As were are in process of becoming a Non-Profit Organization. He always spoke so strong and with much wisdom. He believed in seeing the progress of the Native Communities wherever he was. “Thank you Jess for passing on some of your wisdom to a stranger, like me, who you made a friend in the end”. Willetta Felder
    Gila River Urban Members -Chair


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