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De·ne

also Dé·né  (dā′nē, dā-nā′)
n. (used with a pl. verb)
The Athabaskan-speaking peoples of northwest Canada and inland Alaska considered as a group.

dene

 (dēn)
n. Chiefly British
A sandy tract or dune by the seashore.

[Possibly East Frisian düne, a sand dune; akin to dune.]

dene

(diːn) or

dean

n
(Physical Geography) Brit a valley, esp one that is narrow and wooded
[Old English denu valley; see den]

dene

(diːn) or

dean

n
(Physical Geography) dialect chiefly Southern English a sandy stretch of land or dune near the sea
[C13: probably related to Old English dūn hill; see down3]

Dene

(ˈdɛnɪ; ˈdɛneɪ)
pl n
(Peoples) the North American Indian peoples of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories in Canada. The official body representing them is called the Dene Nation
[via French déné, from Athapascan dene people]

dene

(din)

n. Brit.
a sandy tract or low hill.
[1815–20; earlier den, in same sense, Middle English (in phrase den and strond); of uncertain orig.]
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Erasmus was co-chair of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and formerly held the positions of president of the Dene Nation and national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.
Fort McMurray First Nation, the Christina River Dene Nation Council, and the Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation have joined the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association.
Marceland is originally from the Birch Narrows Dene Nation in northern Sask.
Indeed, though the UNPO, to which both belong - alongside Assyria and the Buffalo River Dene Nation - has a vaguely Marx Brothers' air to it (one expects Freedonia, the mythical country of which Groucho Marx was prime minister, to be on the roster), six member states already have left it to join the UN, and Kosovo, now independent if lacking UN recognition, will eventually follow.
The Birch Narrows Dene Nation is one of the leading First Nation communities with a tradition of land use in the vicinity of Oilsands Quests' permit lands in northwestern Saskatchewan.
Diamonds, uranium, waste disposal and newly discovered oil reserves were all attracting industries and destroying the land, according to Adelard Blackman from Buffalo River Dene Nation, in Canada.
When the Dene Nation of Canada's Northwest Territories seemed a bridge too far, despite being a more or less coherent cultural group to white eyes, the various nations--Deh Cho, Tlicho, Sahtu and so on--began to work out regional governance and local forms for their towns and villages.
Buffalo River Dene Nation, Dillon: Healthier and Prepared Youth Survival Summer Campout.
Bill Erasmus did not run for another term as Dene Nation chief, a position that has also carried with it the Northwest Territories vice-chief's position.
Gilday, a 27-year-old Dene Nation singer, received the best songwriter award her first full-length CD titled spirit world, solid wood that combines rock, jazz and blues elements.
During this time too, the Dene Nation was flourishing under the powerful leadership of Georges Erasmus.