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Sandra Hansen '66 

Sandy Hansen of Vernal, Utah. passed away on June 10, 2013, in Salt Lake
City after a 3 year courageous battle with metastatic kidney cancer. She
is survived by her sister Karen Lott (Houston, TX), nieces Jennifer Graetzel
(Stallikon, Switzerland) and Katherine Lott (Denver, CO) and many dear
friends plus her beloved 4 dogs and cat.

Originally from Seattle, Washington, as the daughter of a naval officer
Sandy moved often throughout her formative years, including two years
of high school in Morocco. As an adult Sandy claimed Texas as her home state and followed a family tradition of attending the University of Texas at Austin.

After completing her undergraduate degree programs in Journalism and Government she went to work matching federal grants and loans to specific Native American tribes. Sandy realized that she wanted to be more effective in her work for Indian ! tribes so she returned to college at the University of Colorado for a law degree in Indian law. Thereafter she dedicated her life to improving the lives of Native Americans. She spent several years working for the Cherokee and Kickapoo Nations before moving to Utah to represent the Ute tribe.

Sandy worked on many improvements for the Ute Tribe including attaining water rights and establishing a Head Start program on the Ute reservation. She worked closely with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, addressed the Supreme Court and was especially good at writing briefs concerning Indian Law.

Sandy's abundant generosity carried over to her passion for rescuing animals. She fostered many dogs and cats, facilitated adoptions to just the right homes for each pet and his/her new family. Many, many cats and especially dogs lived better lives because of Sandy's love for them.

The generous spirit that so typified Sandy was also evident in her friendships. she was like family to many people in the Vernal community and she will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.

A casual memorial service will be held to honor the life of Sandy Hansen on Friday, June 28 at 10 AM at Kokopelli Park, 145 E 100 N, Vernal, UT.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to either:
Humane Society of Boulder Valley or Kidney Cancer Research
2323 55th St.                                  Huntsman Cancer Center
Boulder, CO 80301                          500 Huntsman Way
                                                    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

online: www.boulderhumane.org online: Huntsmancancer.org