Israel Passes

Daniel Israel passed peacefully on February 6, 2011 in Boulder, Colorado where he and his wife lived. Dan was born in 1941 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania to Dr. Harold and Dorothy Israel. He graduated from Amherst College in 1963 and the University of Michigan Law School in 1967. In 1969, Dan was living and practicing law in New York City when his close friend, Jonathan (Skip) Chase, encouraged him to join him in moving to Boulder, where Skip was a founding director of Colorado Rural Legal Services. Both Dan and Skip enjoyed practicing law, playing rough on the rugby field, and serving people who truly needed their help. 
Dan began working for the Native American Rights Fund, a non-profit law firm providing legal assistance to Indian tribes throughout the country. He was a highly successful Indian-law practitioner who represented numerous tribes, including many in the Dolores/San Juan river basin, over a span of four decades with passion and devotion. He contributed substantially to the advancement of federal Indian law in the areas of water rights and protection of tribal natural resources.

Though his accomplishments were numerous, Dan remained humble until the end. He considered everybody to be his brother or sister and throughout his life offered his time and resources to help anybody in need. He was uncompromisingly generous. Dan requested that memorial gifts be collected and formed into a scholarship fund. The scholarship will help a deserving low-income tribal member or Hispanic rural high-school graduate from the four corner region
to attend Amherst College. Please send checks made out to Sophia Gold to 1440 Lanes End, Villanova, Pa, 19085.