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Died on December 14, 2015. Preceded in death by wife Dianne Martineau. Survived by daughters Teresa Hedstrom (Roger), Kristine Abrahamson (Orice), and son Gregory Martineau; grandchildren Nicholas Abrahamson, Owen & Izzy Martineau; sister Patricia Coggshall; many nieces and nephews. Funeral service Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 261 E. 8th Street, St. Paul, MN 55101; visitation 9-10 AM, service 10-11 AM, interment 1:45 PM at Fort Snelling Cemetery.

Published in Pioneer Press on Dec. 20, 2015

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Tamra Brennan’s passed away on February 20th, 2012, in Fargo, North Dakota.

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Pezi H’ota Hoksina (Sage Boy)
Ca-ton Loren Zephier
Age 26 years oldFormer Minnesota resident passed away on February 20th, 2012, in Fargo, North Dakota.

Pezi H’ota Hoksina was born on May 28th, 1985 in Sisseton,SD. He was raised by his loving mother Paula Mae Horne-Mullen, father Loren Zephier, and father Arvol Looking Horse.

Pezi H’ota Hoksina was an extraordinary runner who co-organized and participated in “Prayer Run for World Peace.” In 2004 he ran from Massachusettes to Black Hills, South Dakota and again in 2005 going from Vancouver, BC to Anchorage, Alaska.

Pezi H’ota Hoksina loved horses and enjoyed riding during summer, in Green Grass, SD. He participated in many horse back rides since he was a young man. His most cherished memories were riding in the “Big Foot Ride” from age 16 to 20 years old and the “Dakota 38 Ride” from age 20 to 25 years old. He had immense compassion for horses and volunteered at a horse sanctuary called “Blue Star Equiculture” in Palmer, Mass. He had a huge heart for animals and cared for many four legged beings.

Pezi H’ota Hoksina’s passion was the outdoors and insisted on staying busy. He loved snowboarding, hiking, running, go cart racing, and anything that was thrill worthy. He was also very talented at gaming and competed in Halo tournaments.

Pezi H’ota Hoksina’s greatest attributes was his smile, humor and humility. Family was the most important value that he possessed.

He held the ingredience of what it meant to be a good humble man (ik’ce wic’as’ta)
He was an extremely caring son,
loving brother,
and most of all he was a great father

Pezi H’ota Hoksina was survived by:
His kids Lilly Zephier, Lila Zephier, Alijah Zephier, and Aaliah Zephier. His mother Paula Mae Horne-Mullen, Auntie-Mother Juanita Espinosa and fathers Loren Zephier and Arvol Looking Horse. His sibliings Sky Oldshield, Owintino Horne, Hapistinna Graci Horne, Sunny Zephier, Wakan Wahohopiwin Zephier, Decorah Zephier, Cheyenne Horne, Nikki Zephier, Millie Zephier, Adonijah Espinosa, Demitrus Espinosa, Wakinya Sandovol, Richard LaRouque, and Peter Vanacht. The love of his life Brittany Schommer. His aunties, uncles, cousins, best friends who he deemed as his own flesh and blood, and much more, in which it would take up a whole lotta space because his heart was strong enough for many.

Funeral arrangements are being held at the Boys and Girls Club in Marty, South Dakota. Wake services start at two pm on Wednesday, and all day Thursday. Friday morning is the last viewing, followed by one pm burial walk/horseback ride to St. Paul Catholic Cemetry.

Contributions can be made via Paypal to Arvol Looking Horse and Paula Horne’s account. If you have a Paypal account, you can click on send money and send to email address Paula@wolakota.org.

UPDATE 2-21-12
For donations:
If you do not have a paypal account you can mail a check to: Paula Horne 44516 Sacred Hills Circle Veblen, SD 57270

To use paypal: log into your account, click on send money, enter the amount, send to email address is paula@wolakota.org, enter your email address and click next, it will then prompt you to complete the transaction.

If anyone needs help with any of this, please contact me at tamra@protectsacredsites.org.

Thank you……..

Gifford Ilene “Napanee” Bergstrom, 69 passed into the Spirit World on Monday, February 6, 2012.

Gifford Ilene Bergstrom Napanee

Gifford Ilene “Napanee” Bergstrom, 69 has begun her journey into the spirit world.

She was a traditional dancer who attended the Mendota Wacipi and will be missed.

Died: Monday, February 6, 2012, in Maplewood, Minnesota

Beloved Mom, Grandma & Sister

Preceded by parents; and son Blane. Survived by sons Jason (Laura) Wright, Murphy and Christopher; 3 grandchildren; and sisters Maria McCoy and Jeanne Hollingsworth. Family & Friend Gathering 10AM, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial 11AM, at ST. PIUS X CATHOLIC CHURCH, 3878 Highland Ave, White Bear Lake. Family interment.

To see the obituary with photo, to sign the guest book and see map to the church go to www.johnsonpeterson.com/content/obituaries/view.jsp?OID=113467. The website for Johnson-Peterson Funeral Home in White Bear Lake.


Gifford passed away on Monday, February 6, 2012.
Gifford was a resident of Maplewood, Minnesota at the time of her passing.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial 11AM, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 at ST. PIUS X CATHOLIC CHURCH, 3878 Highland Ave, White Bear Lake. Family & Friend Gathering 1 hour prior at church. Family interment.

David Wilson has passed into the Spirit World.

We have lost another cherished loved one, I will miss his smile. When I think of David I will think of him on the drum. And of course Tracy by his side.

David Emery Wilson

David Emery Wilson

David Emery Wilson, “Ogema Benai” which means “King Bird”, 55, of Brooklyn Center, MN, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at home with his family by his side. He was born on November 18, 1955 in Cass Lake, MN to Matthew Lambert and Mary Jane Wilson.

David enjoyed life and using his tobacco. Everything he did had so much enthusiasm.

He was preceded in death his father and all his Sundance family that went before him.

David is survived by his wife Tracy of Brooklyn Center, mother; Mary Jane of Cass Lake, sons; David (Jenny Bilges) Wilson, Jr. and Michael Wilson both of Brooklyn Center, daughters; Deanna (Korey) Fredrickson of Brooklyn Park and Rebecca Cacas of Minneapolis, MN, grandchildren Gordon Guenther, Alysa Stahlmann and Makenzie Cacas.

A wake service for David will begin at 5:00 p.m ., Saturday, May 7 at the Indian Center 1530 East Franklin in Minneapolis. The wake will be moved on Sunday to the Facility Center in Cass Lake where it will continue until the 12:00 p.m. service on Monday. Merlin Deegan, Sr. will officiate. Pallbearers will be David Wilson, Jr ., Michael Wilson, Gordon Guenther, Terry Alex, Dewitt Mahto and Paul Peralta. Honorary pallbearers will be the Crow Creek Long Riders and the American Indian Movement. Interment will be held at the Prince of Peace Cemetery in Cass Lake following the service.

Arrangements entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN.

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Wilson, David Emery 55, entered his spirit journey, on May 5, 2011, at his home in Brooklyn, Center, MN. David, lifelong member of the American Indian Movement, worked at the Star Tribune for 35 years, and is survived by his wife, Tracy Wilson; mother, Mary Jane Wilson; children, Deanna (Korey) Fredrickson, David Jr., Michael, and Rebecca; and grandchildren, Gordy, Alysa, and Makenzie. Visitation (Sunday, May 8, 2011, 5:00-funeral) and funeral services (Monday, May 9, 2011, 12:00 p.m.) will be held at the Leech Lake facility center, Cass Lake, Minnesota. Interment will be at Prince of Peace Cemetery. Memorials preferred.
Published in Star Tribune from May 8 to May 9, 2011

Tanner A. Albers has passed into the spirit world.

Tanner A. Albers

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Albers, Tanner A. Age 33, of Prior Lake. Survived by mother, Donna Albers-Walking Elk; Hunka father, Jerry Dearly; sisters, Holly Albers and Kelly Albers-Hosie; brother, Travis Albers; half brothers, Jason McKee and Aaron Albers; special nephew, Justin Heminger; 2 children, Manuel and Tanner Jr.; companion, Desiree Barrientez; grandmothers, Bonnie Miller and Alice DeCoteau; numerous special nieces & nephews; many relatives & friends. Preceded in death by father, Richard Albers; grandfathers, August Albers, Edward “Buck” Miller and Paul DeCoteau. Funeral service Monday, 11:30 AM at the Tiowakan Spiritual Center at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, 14625 Prairiegrass, Prior Lake. Interment Catholic Cemetery, Shakopee. Visitation at the Spiritual Center after 1 PM Sunday to 11:30 AM Monday. McNearney Funeral Home 952-445-2755 www.mcnearneyfuneralhome.com

Eugene Red Day has passed into the spirit world on Jan 23, 2011.

Carol asked me to add this to our site. If you have any question please call Carol or Sally.

Service at the Indian Center Tuesday Jan 25, 2011. Eugene will be there at 4:00pm. Service at 6:00pm, viewing until Wednesday morning I don’t have the time.

Gas, or  gas cards are needed. Please call Carol at 612-390-5249 if you can help. Please bring a dish to pass.

I don’t have all the details, but they needed to get the word out. Sharon

On Friday, April 9, 2010 Mary Ellen Yellow Bird-Garcia (aka Red Day) left us and went to be with her relatives in the spirit world.

She passed away in Grand Forks, North Dakota at the Altrue Hospital.  She was 51 years old.  Mary Ellen suffered from emphysema and asthma which finally took her life.  She worked at Mystic Lake Casino as a security guard for over 10 years.  We’ll always remember Mary, standing in her uniform at the Mystic Lake Hotel with a great big smile.  Mary will be missed by many, as she was friends to many.

Mary is being brought back to Minneapolis to be laid to rest at the Hillside Cemetery.  Wake and Funeral Services will be held at the Indian Ministry, 3045 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN  55407.  The Wake will begin at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 13th and the Funeral Services will begin with a mass at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14th.

Mary is survived by her husband Philippe Garcia and daughters; Shontel Lajeunesse, Sophia Red Day, Crystal Red Day and Amber Lajeunesse.  She has several grandchildren and close relatives who loved her very much and many, many friends.

Peter T. LaPointe Obituary.

Age 62 of Inver Grove Heights Peacefully on Feb. 26, 2010 Preceded in death by father, Gerard; brothers, Michele & Thomas. Survived by loving wife of 36 years, Elizabeth “Betty”; son, Brent (Misty); daughter, Renee; mother, Berniece; brothers, Nicholas (Sharon), Mark (Kay), Paul (Betty Ann); sisters, Elisabeth (Dale) Thurber, Margaret (Patrick) Hylton & Ann (Daryl) Reinhardt; mother-in-law, Mary Burk; sisters-in-law, Kathy & Elaine LaPointe; special feline friends, Punky & Callie; also other relatives & friends. Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Tuesday at St. Peters Historic Catholic Church 1405 HWY 13, Mendota. Visitation 4-8 PM Monday at Roberts Funeral Home 8108 Barbara Ave. IGH. Also 9-10 AM prior to Mass at church. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred. Special thanks to HealthEast Hospice nurse, Patti & chaplain, Maureen. 651-455-2035

Respected elder and teacher Ona Kingbird passed away on January 19th, 2010.

Respected elder and teacher Ona Kingbird passed away on January 19th, 2010. She was surrounded with family and friends at the time of her passing.

Ona was a respected teacher of Ojibwe language & culture for many years in various Minnesota schools, primarily working with Native youth through her many years at Heart of the Earth Survival School. She always loved working with young people and referred to all of her students as “my kids”.

Visitation will be held at the Mpls. American Indian Center located on 1530 E. Franklin Ave. The wake will begin on Thursday, January 21st at 3pm and will continue until Friday, January 22nd at 8am. She will then be transported back to the Red Lake Reservation village of Ponemah. Wake and burial services will continue at the Ponemah Community Center with funeral services being held on Sunday, January 24th, 2010.

Shirley Jackson-Rock has passed into the spirit.

Jackson-Rock, Shirley Passed away October 11, 2009. Preceded in death by father, David Jackson Sr.; brother, Darrell Jackson. Survived by husband, Aaron Rock; mother, Edith Mae Jackson; children, Maggie Jackson, Paul Jackson Sr., Corey Jackson Sr.; siblings, Faron Jackson Sr., Salina Jackson, Charles Jackson, David Jackson Sr., Keith Johns, Sharon Jackson, Ricky Jackson; eleven grandchildren, and many other family and friends. Visitation 6 PM Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at INDIAN MINISTRIES, Minneapolis. Interment Old Agency Cemetery, Onigum, MN. Historic Thomson-Dougherty 612-871-4407
Published in Star Tribune from October 13 to October 14, 2009

John L. Bobolink passed on May 16, 2009

An Elder has left us………John L. Bobolink passed on May 16, 2009………[May 13, 1928 – May 16, 2009]

He was a member of the Leech Lake Reservation.  He was a loving father, grandfather, uncle and dear friend.  He was a servant of God, Preacher, Musician, Mentor and Lover of the people.

Wake Services: Friday, May 22, 2009 – 11 a.m. Indian Ministries, 3405 Park Avenue South , Minneapolis , MN Meal at 5 p.m.

Funeral Services: Saturday, May 23, 2009 – 1 p.m.  Bradshaw Mortuary, 3131 Minnehaha Avenue South , Minneapolis , MN

Burial: Sunday, May 24, 2009 – 3 p.m.  Mokahum – Cass Lake , MN

The Rev. Gary C. ‘Sungi’ Cavender Dec. 23, 1939 – April 17, 2009

GRANITE FALLS — The Rev. Gary Clyde “Sungi’’ Cavender, 69, of Granite Falls died Friday at home.


The service will be 1 p.m. today at the Upper Sioux Multi-Purpose Building, rural Granite Falls. Burial will be Doncaster Cemetery.


An all-night wake continues until the time of service today. Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Granite Falls is handling arrangements.


Sungi (Red Fox) Gary Clyde Cavender was born Dec., 23, 1939.


The son of Verna Cavender-Ross, he was raised by William and Eliza Cavender of Granite Falls. He entered the Navy in 1961 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1965 as a crypto-radio operator, serving three tours of duty in Vietnam where he operated near the China border with long range reconnaissance patrols. He left the military due to injuries.


He lived in Minneapolis where he met his wife, Irene. They were foster parents to several Indian children. He attended the University of Minnesota where he received a degree in geriatric psychology and where he taught for several years. He attended United Theological Seminary and earned a degree in comparative spiritualities and religion. He served as an Episcopal priest in Minneapolis, Prairie Island, Morton, Shakopee and Omaha, Neb. They returned to Granite Falls three years ago.


He is survived by his wife; children: Robin (and Ward) Emery of Minneapolis, Chris (and Amy) Oak Grove of Granite Falls, Isaac Cavender of Granite Falls, and Steve Smith of Minneapolis; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and siblings: Carolynn Schommer, Tom (and Maureen) Ross, Richard (and Stephanie) Ross, Elroy (and Jill) Ross, James (and Nikkie) Ross, Joe Sam (and Kristi) Ross, Diana Cavender, Marlys (and James) Fluto, Candy (and Chuck) Hamilton, Carol Blackhawk and Geri Standing Bear.

Gombold, Clarice J. (Nordin)

Gombold, (Nordin) Clarice J. Loving wife and mother Age 73 Died peacefully at home on April 14, 2009 following a long, courageous battle with cancer. Survived by loving husband Gerald(Jerry) with whom she shared 53 wonderful years of marriage; daughters June(Robert), Ann, Joy(Robert) & Therese(Clint); 11 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; her mother Marie; sisters Donna, Bonnie, Roxanne & Connie; brother Wayne; many nieces, nephews, cousins & dear friends. Preceded in death by her father Theodore A. Nordin; brother Theodore Nordin; grandson Gerald J. Stanley. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday 10 AM at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 398 Superior St. Visitation 6-8 PM Monday at KESSLER & MAGUIRE FUNERAL HOME 640 W. 7th St. Private Burial. Monetary gifts will be donated to charity per Clarice’s request. 651-224-2341kessler_maguire_fh_4ob.eps.jpg

Published in Pioneer Press from 4/17 to 4/19/2009

Curtis C. Campbell Sr. One of the last first-speakers of Dakota in Mn has passed on to the spirit world.


Curtis C. Campbell Sr. — Red Wing

4/14/2009 9:30:02 AM

RED WING — The funeral for Curtis C. Campbell Sr. 74, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Prairie Island Community Center, with Daniel Seaboy Sr. officiating. There will be a private family burial.

Mr. Campbell, “Wakiyan Zisapa,” which means “Black Lightning,” died Sunday (April 12, 2009) at his residence in Welch.

Curtis Conrad Campbell was born April 2, 1935, in Red Wing, to James and Ida (Wells) Campbell Sr. He was a graduate of Red Wing Central High School and attended Brigham Young University. He worked at various construction jobs in Red Wing and the Twin Cities area, and at Smeads in Hastings, Minn. He served on the Prairie Island Tribal Council, was general manager of Treasure Island Casino, and served on the Gaming Commission, the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, and the Red Wing School Board. He was currently working on preserving the Native American language. He authored a number of books and was assisting students from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with archeological facts.

Survivors include his children, Audrey (Dennis) Bennett, Calvin Campbell, Delrey Smith, Gerald Black Tail Deer and Bridget Saice-Childs, all of Prairie Island; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Valdean Campbell of Sisseton, S.D.; a brother, James “Bunny” Campbell Jr. of Sisseton; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three children, Julie Red Cloud Campbell, Rebecca Childs and Curtis Campbell Jr.; a grandson, Benjamin Bennett Sr.; and a brother, Norman Campbell.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. today until the time of the service Thursday at the community center.

Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel of Red Wing is handling arrangements.

Florence Cruz has passed in to the Spirit World.

Florence passed on Tuesday March 17, 2009. Lisa, her daughter said Florence loved to dance at the Mendota Pow Wow.

She loved to dance at all the Pow Wows to which she went. Florence, you will be dearly missed.

The service will be at the Church of Gichitwaa Kateri, 3045 Park Ave So. N.E. corner of 31st & Park, 1 block So of Lake St.

Florence’s wake begins Tuesday, 3-24-2009 at 10:00 A.M. with a drum and prayers at 7:00 P.M. Followed by a pot-luck feast.

Wake continues until the funeral Wednesday, 3-25-2009 at 10:00 A.M. Also followed by a pot-luck feast.

P.S. Lisa would like to say thank you, for all of you who sent their condolences.


Jonathan E. Bentley passed away peacefully.

Jonathan was a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwa and did so much good work in the gaming industry for our communities all over the country.

Jonathan E. Bentley

Bentley, Jonathan E. Beloved Husband, Dad, Grandpa Dear Friend – Age 63 of St. Paul, passed away peacefully surrounded by family January 11, 2009. Preceded in death by father, David. Survived by loving wife, Ruth (nee Kelly); sons, Richard, & Anthony (Kristin); daughter, Sheri Mae (Michael) Peterson; grandchildren, Alex, Mitchell, Isabella & Gabriel; mother, Edith; brother, David. Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Friday, January 16 at CORPUS CHRISTI CATHOLIC CHURCH , 2131 N. Fairview Ave. , Roseville . Interment Roselawn Cemetery . Visitation at MUELLER-BIES FUNERAL HOME – ROSEVILLE, 2130 N. Dale St. at County Rd B, from 4 – 8 PM Thursday, and at the church from 9 AM Friday until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. MUELLER-BIES 651-487-2550

Vincent (Vince) Hill, Age 70 of Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

An Esteemed Elder has left us…

Vincent (Vince) Hill, Age 70 of Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

  • Wake Sunday, December 14, – 6 p.m. (until 8 p.m.) Location: Thompson Dougherty Funeral Home, 2535 Park Avenue, South Minneapolis (612) 871-4407
  • Visitation Monday, December 15 – 9 a.m. (until 10 a.m.) Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3921 Nicollet Avenue, South Minneapolis (612) 822-8108
  • Funeral Monday, December 15 – 10 a.m. Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3921 Nicollet Avenue, South Minneapolis (612) 822-8108

William (Bill) Carter

American Indian Community Advocate

City of Minneapolis

Direct: (612) 673-3028

Fax: (612) 673-2599

Strength and answers (to you)

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 for Clinton “Hayna” Green Crow.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 for Clinton “Hayna” Green Crow son of Betty Green Crow and the late Henry Green Crow, Sr.  Hayna passed away on Sunday, November 9, 2008 in his sleep.  Services will be held at the Native American Church in Wisconsin Dells, WI.  For further information, you may call his sister Misty at (651) 335-5655.

Joseph Sherry ( Sonny )

Sherry, Joseph L. “Sonny”
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Sherry, Joseph “Sonny” L. Of Hastings & Woodbury Retired Ford Motor Co. Age 84, passed away on October 26, 2008. Survived by his wife of 64 years, Irene, three daughters; Tami (Dennis) Mitchell, Dawn (Donn) Sorenson, Loretta Ann (Jerry) Lee, his son, Joe (Teresa) Sherry, 11 grandchildren; Joy (Jeff), Brian (Jenn), Nathan, Mason (Laura), Meghan, Desiree (Justin), Ellen, Ben, Rachael, Matt & Luke, 4 great-grandchildren; Nikolas, Jack, Cooper & Makenzie, his brother; Jack Sherry, two sisters; Marion Schickling & Lucille Foster, his sister-in-laws; Pat & Bernie Sherry and brother-in-law, Phil Juneau. He was preceded by his brothers; Tom & Don and sisters, Elsie & Lorraine. Funeral Mass, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 30, 2008, ST. RITA CATHOLIC CHURCH, 8694 80th Street, Cottage Grove, visitation on Wednesday from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Kok Funeral Home, 7676 80th Street and after 9:30 a.m., Thursday at church, Burial, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery, Hastings. 651-459-2875kok_fh_cott_gr_4ob.eps.jpg

Thomas Stillday Jr.

Thomas Stillday Jr.


Traditional Indian Services will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at the Ponemah Elementary School in Ponemah , Minnesota with Anna Gibbs officiating. A wake will begin 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 16th at the Ponemah Elementary School in Ponemah , MN and will continue until the services. Burial will be in the Family Burial Grounds at Ponemah , MN .


Thomas Stillday, Jr. 74, whose Indian name was Ozaawabiitang, which means Yellow Water, of Ponemah , MN died Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at PHS Indian Hospital in Ponemah , Minnesota


He was born on February 20, 1934 in Ponemah , Minnesota the son of Thomas and Lucy (Johnson) Stillday, Sr. He was raised and educated in Ponemah, graduating from Red Lake High School . He enlisted in the US Army on January 7, 1954. He served as a combat engineer during the Korean War, where he and other Anishinaabeg used Ojibwe like the famous Navajo Code Talkers of WWII. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal, Specialist 4 on December 31, 1961. He then returned to Ponemah. He studied Elementary Education for a while at the University of Minnesota- Morris . He married Mary Lou Thomas on May 19, 1973. He worked as a commercial fisherman on Red Lake , and in logging and road maintenance. He worked as a home school coordinator at the Ponemah School for many years. He was one of Red Lake ’s chief spiritual leaders and advisers. As a prominent spiritual leader he taught Midewiwin (Me-DAY-win), or the Heart Way of Life. He had been a leader among his people, pushing for a return to the Red Lake Nation’s traditional and spiritual roots. He has brought alive the Ojibwe culture for a generation of young American Indians, hoping they can understand and carry on the traditions of their forbearers. He had always remained active in Red Lake Tribal Affairs and was incredibly caring and giving to his community. He was the Ponemah District Representative to the Red Lake Tribal Council from 1988 to 1996. He had been a Red Lake Fisheries board member for 17 years. He served on the Red Lake School District #38 School Board from 1997 to 2000. He was serving as president of the board of directors for the Jourdain-Perpich Extended Care Facility in Red Lake from 2002 to the present. He was an advisor to the Minnesota Historical Society from 1990 to the present. He served on the Anishinaabe Legal Services board of directors in Cass Lake from 1996 to the present. He was an Elder Indian Advisor for the Department of Medicine and Social Work at the University of Minnesota , Duluth . He was an Anishinaabe committee member of the Diabetes State Program at the White Earth Reservation. He was serving as a board member for the Healing Pathway Program in Red Lake , the Red Lake Tribal Enrollment Committee, the Red Lake Tribal Credit Committee, the Red Lake Homeless Shelter, and the Juvenile Detention Center in Red Lake . He had been a foster grandparent at the Ponemah School . As an Ojibwe whose roots were steeped in the old ways of religion and language, in 1997 he was the first person outside the Judeo-Christian tradition to serve as chaplain in the Minnesota State Legislature.


He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Stillday of Ponemah, Minnesota; 3 sons, Robert Natewa, Jr., Thomas E. Stillday, and Dexter (Pam) Stillday, all of Ponemah; 3 daughters, Elaine (Eric) Armstrong, Karen Natewa, and Valerie Stillday, all of Ponemah; 1 brother, Wilbur (Patsy) Stillday of Redby; 10 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces who called him Grandpa.


He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Lucy; 5 brothers, Bruce Stillday, Percy Stillday, Warren Stillday, Morris Roy, and George Baptiste; and 5 sisters, Bertha Kingbird, Adella Northbird, Joyce Black, Lillian Greenleaf, and Leona Stillday.


Messages of condolence may be sent to www.ceasefuneralhome.com