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Obituary for Arthur “Sung Ska Natan” Owen

Obituary for Arthur “Sung Ska Natan” Owen

Arthur “Sung Ska Natan” Clark Owen, 68, of Prairie Island, died unexpectedly at United Hospital in St. Paul. He was born December 7, 1949 to Amos and Ione (James) Owen in Red Wing. He graduated from Red Wing Central High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Vietnam War and was a combat veteran. He attended the University of Minnesota where he studied political science and later he studied at the London School of Economics. He married Beverly Androsky and later Stephanie Autumn. Despite each marriage ending in divorce they were both blessing and helped to build the large family that Art was so proud of. In 2005, he married Carrie Morris in Mankato. Art loved playing sports and had been very athletic, especially following his time in the service. After the death of his father in 1990, Art carried on the Dakota traditions and ceremonies. He cherished his Dakota Wicohan. He became instrumental in building bridges between native culture and western culture and educating people both within and outside the Tribe on the importance of maintaining cherished native traditions. His awards and acknowledgements are numerous and he was responsible for starting the Buffalo Project on Prairie Island. He enjoyed working out at the YMCA, spending time with his grandchildren, traveling the world and he always made sure to enjoy his favorite meal – breakfast.
Art is survived by his wife, Carrie; children, Todd Reichelt of Germany, Jessica Owen, Michelle Wayne, Kachine Camp, Craig (Noy) Camp, Mashugashon Camp, Ujon Camp, Leah (Redwing Thomas) Owen, Austin Owen, Wynona Owen and Jack Seiji Rios Shibata; many grandchildren and the many children, grandchildren and godchildren that he has helped raise and care for; sibling, Brenda Owen Milano, Linda Owen, Ray Owen, Michael (Claudia) Owen, Clifford (Debbie) Owen and Duane “Duffy” (Timya) Owen; as well as many nieces and nephews, other family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos and Ione; and infant brother, Hepi.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the Prairie Island Community Center. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. Sunday, October 28, 2018 until the time of the service at the Community Center. Burial at the Prairie Island Community Cemetery. Arrangements handled by Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel.

Ginger called last night Michael Mathews LeMay her brother had a stroke yesterday.

Ginger called last night Michael LeMay her brother had a stroke yesterday. Michael is a member of the Mendota Dakota Community. Ginger asked me to post it and let people know. Waiting for Ginger to get back to me on his condition today?
Please send out prayers to Ginger and family. Love Sharon

Art Owen is on his 4-day journey into the spirit world on 10-27-2018.

Art Owen is on his 4-day journey into the spirit world on 10-27-2018. He will be missed by so many people I know I will miss him. Arts passing is devastating to all the Dakota Nation to all who knew him. As a spiritual elder of the Prairie Island Community, he was always there for his people and many others. Prayers & Condolences to Carrie, their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren. Please send extra prayers for the grandchildren, great grandchildren.

Art Owen was a Vietnam Army combat veteran, who served proudly as he often talked about. He was a member of the Dakota Mdewakantan Oceti Sakowin Nation. Now he is in the spirit world with 38, plus 2, with his mother & father all his spirit world family. I called Art and asked him to do the ceremony for our ancestors last year on Feb, 3rd with the Mendota Dakota Community. Art and Carrie graciously agreed. I was so honored that he and Carrie said yes to help Mendota in the ceremony. Art said he would help anytime when it comes to Honoring our Ancestors.

Love Sharon Lennartson and the Tribal Council and our Members of the Mendota Community.


Margaret LeClaire Nordin passed away Oct 25, 2018. Rest in peace my precious auntie🧚‍♀️.

Margaret LeClaire Nordin my precious Auntie passed away last night Oct 25, she was 98. She is my mother Selisha LeClaire’s younger sister. Auntie Margaret was the last of her siblings. The picture below is her and her siblings. Now they are all together again forever. Grandma Lilly Felix LeClaire and Albert LeClaire are happy to have all their children together again. Rest in peace my dear auntie I love you. Say Hi to my Mother and all my family. My condolences to all of Auntie Margaret’s family.

She is the woman on the right 🧚‍♀️


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People have been asking me where this picture came from. It was an article the Circle Native Newspaper did on us. When we came back home to Mendota our ancestral home. Our families have been here for hundred of years. The article was called New Growth from Old Roots done in February 2000.