Passing On
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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