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Passing On
Passing On
Saturday, December 19 2009
 
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ImageAlvin Chaplin Stonechild (1934 - Aug. 9, 2009)

Alvin Chaplin Stonechild, (Kate pwe ta, "Talks With a Loud Voice", traditional name) affectionately known as “Chappy” of the Okanese First Nation, Saskachewan, died peacefully on August 9, 2009 surrounded by his loved ones. He was 74 years of age and a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. A traditional funeral was held at Okanese First Nation. At Chappy's request, his interment was held near the Okanese Bison Ranch.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ramona Stonechild (nee Rivera); his children, Judy Appel, Theresa Qwewezance, Murray A. Stonechild, Gloria Stonechild, Montana and Hawk Stonechild; brothers, John Stonechild and Robert Stonechild; special nephew, Grant Buffalocalf, Seattle, many beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren near and far; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; adopted son, Mario Neuman; adopted daughter, Sherry Smith, Long Island, New York.


George C. Robertson, Makizinens (August 9, 1955 - June 20, 2009)
Monday, August 17 2009
 
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George C. Robertson, Makizinens (August 9, 1955 - June 20, 2009)

George C. Robertson, Makizinens "Little Moccasin" age 53, of Minneapolis journeyed to the Spirit World on Saturday, June 20, 2009 in Minneapolis. George was born in Red Lake on August 9, 1955 the son of Daniel Raincloud & Fannie Robertson and moved to Minneapolis from Redby, Minnesota in 1963. As a young man, George played softball. George traveled to many powwows where he enjoyed singing. George especially enjoyed time spen with his family, going to The Palace Casino and Mystic Lake Casino. He also enjoyed fishing and loved children. George was formerly employed as a carpet layer, a bartender at the Silver Star on Broadway and as a Cab Driver.

Preceded in death by his parents: Daniel Raincloud and Fannie Robertson, brothers; Charles, Robert W., Albert, Daniel and Bobby, a sister: Cricynthia, sons: George and Shawn, a daughter: Pamela and a grandson: Desmus. Survived by daughters: Frances (George), Elizabeth (Joe) and Rosalyn (Arnold); sons: Daniel, John and Anthony; fourteen grand children; a brother: Frank (Georgette) of Bemidji; sisters: Ona Kingbird, Fran (John) Emtwrtson, Philomene (Mousey) Armstrong, Rosalyn (Vince) Keahna and Betty Strong, and his special friend Diane Thompson; other relatives and many friends.

“We the family of George Robertson would like to extend our gratitude to all who supported us during the tragedy of his death recently. Please know how much we appreciate your presence and your prayers. We extend a special thanks to Father Jim Notebaart and the Office of Indian Ministry for their help with space and with the services. Thank you also to Mike Forcia at the Wolves Den for his help with food and support. We have always known how much we loved George, but it worms our hearts to see how many of you cared for him to. If anyone has information to share about the last hours of George’s life, of the circumstances of his death, please contact us

Lawrence "Larry" Adams (June 6, 1928-July 12,2009)
Monday, August 17 2009
 
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Lawrence “Larry” Adams, 81, of Cass Lake, MN, died July 12 at the Cass Lake PHS Indian Hospital in Cass  Lake, MN.  Lawrence’s passing was with ease, due to the love and care of his daughter MaryAnn, and Nurses Becky Hazeldine RN, and Chrissy Johnson CNA.He was born on June 6, 1928, in Pine  Point, MN the son of Charles and Mary (Coleman) Adams. He attended school at Pine Point, in Ponsford, MN. He was drafted into the US Army in 1951, and served in the Korean War, he was honorably discharged in 1953. He married Georgianna Chesley and together they had two daughters.

He played the accordion in a band with his parents and brothers. He enjoyed attending pow-wows, where he was a dancer, and made his own regalia. He liked going to the Palace in Cass Lake. He loved making quilts, doing bead work, and going wild ricing. He lived with his special friend Rose Bunker for many years, and helped raise her children, and grandchildren as his own.

Funeral Services were held July 17 at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Cass Lake, MN with Rev. Harold Eaglebull and Rev. John Rock officiating. A wake was held on July 16 at the Veteran’s Memorial Building. Interment was at the Prince of Peace Cemetery in Cass Lake, MN. He is survived by: Daughters, MaryAnn Columbus, Laura Wind; Step-Children, Marvin (Donna) Bunker, Marlys Bunker, Russell (Georgina) Bunker, Virginia Bunker; Nieces, Betty (Jim) Armstrong, Patricia Masten, Sharon James, Irene Sherman; Nephew, Donald (Jill) Masten; Grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, special friend Rose, brothers Joseph, George, John, sister Frances Masten, nephews Harold “Snow” Adams, Michael Masten, Gerald Masten, and brother-in-law William “Bud” James.

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Darryl Hill (July 4, 1959 – May 17, 2009)
Friday, July 24 2009
 
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Darryl “Sonny” Wayne Hill whose Ojibwe name is “Waubun” (which mean “tomorrow”) died on Sunday, May 17, 2009 at Bethel Care Center in St. Paul, MN. Darryl was from Red Lake, and 49 years old. He was born July 4, 1959 in Cass Lake, MN and was the son of Frank and Alice (Ellis) Hill. He was raised and educated in Minneapolis. He worked as a commercial fisherman and landscaper. He spent his summers at Red Lake and returned to live there. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and like to play cards and board games.

Darryl is survived by 2 sisters, Linda Hill Mattson and Bonita Hill; 2 brothers, Gregory Hill and Jeremy Hill; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, brother, Faron Hill and sister, Lanette Hill. Traditional Funeral Services were held May 21 at the Little Rock Community Center in Red Lake with spiritual leader Greg Kingbird. Interment was at the St. Mary’s Mission Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.

Hartley Frank White, Sr. (Feb. 10, 1925 – May 5, 2009)
Friday, July 24 2009
 
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Hartley Frank White, Sr. “Shaawanaasii” (Walks in the South), 84, of Longville, MN died May 5, 2009 at the Cass Lake Indian Hospital. He was born February 10, 1925 in Onigum, MN to Henry Lego and Lettie White Morrow. He grew up in Battle Point as part of the Eagle Clan and was raised by his grandparents, George and Jenny White. He attended school in Federal Dam. After school Hartley enlisted in the Navy and served from 1943 to 1947. He received a World War II Victory medal. He married Lillian Paper in 1947 and they lived in the Federal Dam area before moving to the Twin Cities where he worked as a bricklayer. During this time he was instrumental in starting the Indian Neighborhood Club of Minneapolis which promoted sobriety among the Native American population.
George Allen Fairbanks, Sr. (July 29, 1933– May 26, 2009)
Friday, July 24 2009
 
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passingon_fairbanks.jpgGeorge Allen “Joe Bush” Fairbanks, Sr., 75, Ponsford, MN died May 26 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, MN. Fairbanks, Sr., “Mishkow-Binise” (Strong Thunderbird), was born July 29, 1933 in White Earth, MN to Willis and Hattie (De Jorden) Fairbanks.  He was raised in Pine Point, MN and attended the Pine Point School and the Park Rapids area High School.  In 1951, George joined the Navy for six years, serving in Korea. He was honorably discharged with many medals. He was a certified electrician. From 1968 to 1972, George was a cook supervisor at the Job Corps Center in Rochert, MN. He also served as a Tribal Council Member in the 1970s. 

He married Emily (Brown) Fairbanks in June of 1961 in Park Rapids, MN. They had four children and later divorced through Indian custom. George was of the “Odag” (Crow) Clan and became a Spiritual Advisor to the White Earth Nation. George married Margaret Norcross in 1972 at Ponsford. He had spent the last 35 years with his adopted family, six step-children, three adopted sons and 31 great-grandchildren.

Sheila WhiteEagle
Friday, July 24 2009
 
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Dec. 2, 1948 - June 7, 2008

Sheila passed away peacefully at home after a long and courageous battle against breast cancer. Sheila was the Director of the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches’ Department of Indian Work program for more than 20 years and worked for the program for 36 years. Under Sheila’s leadership, DIW has expanded from the Emergency Services food and clothing rooms to include parenting and youth enrichment programs and diabetes education.

Other career highlights include:  Began the Elders Transportation program with the American Red Cross; Worked with the community to build an Elders Lodge, now located in Saint Paul; For ten years, worked with the Church World Services CROP Walk event to raise awareness and help with local and global hunger; Worked with community on 13 annual University of St. Thomas powwow events.

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