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A native elder who was sentenced to 14 days in jail last month for defying a court order to leave a protest site at Eagleridge Bluffs in West Vancouver has died of pneumonia in hospital.

Harriet Nahanee, 71, was a defiant protester who quietly insisted that the government had no right to use its highway plans to encroach on Eagleridge Bluffs.

Ms. Nahanee claimed the land belonged to the Squamish Nation.

She was released in early February and was admitted to St. Paul's hospital a week after her time in jail. She died Saturday.

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