Matthew Coon Come, Cree. 1956-
He was National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
from 2000 to 2003. Coon Come was first elected as grand chief
and chairman of Quebec's Grand Council of the Crees in 1987. He
became known internationally for his efforts to defend the fundamental
rights of First Nations peoples in the campaign against the Quebec
government's James Bay hydroelectric project. A longer biography
appears in Native Leaders of Canada.