March 30, 1943 – January 28, 2009
Gilbert Caribou, 65, of Grand Portage,
died Jan. 28, 2009 at the Cook County North Shore Hospital. He was born March
30, 1943 to Walter and Alma (Redsky) Caribou in LacLa Croix, Ontario. A member
of the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe, he grew up and graduated from Orr High
School. He joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Orleans, France until his
honorable discharge. Later he worked as a iron worker, in education, as a C.D.
counselor, and was employed by Grand Portage Tribal Council as an elected
official for 16 years. He directed the Grand Portage Rendezvous Days
Celebration and enjoyed playing Keno, softball, partridge hunting, watching all
sports and nickels.
He was preceded in death by his parents;
sister, Violet Caribou and brother, Alvin Caribou. Gilbert is survived by his
common law wife Cecelia Vondall; daughter, "Mouse"; step-daughters,
Melissa, Cheri, Lydia and Dama; step-sons, Henry and Clayton Villeburn;
grandchildren, Conrad, Steven, Donovan, Aurora, Anthony, Ethan, John, Lohnen,
Zane, Shylan, Beriah, Aniah, Desi, Skylar, and Caira; brothers, Walter (Doris)
Caribou Jr., Billy Blackwell and sister, Judith (Roger) Hervig. Traditional
Services were held Jan. 31 in the Grand Portage Community Center. Burial was at
the Traditional Cemetery, Grand Portage.
May 24, 1938 – Dec. 8, 2008
Vincent Hill ((Mii Maash Ka Waash,
meaning Thunderbird but translated as Continually Strong in the Wind) of Mille
Lacs Band of Ojibwe passed into the Spirit World on 12/08/2008. He was born in
Onamia, MN 5/24/38. He will be deeply missed, loved and always remembered by
his wife Carol; Children: Joanna, Fred, Rachel; Grandchildren: Chanelle,
Selena, Maximiliam, Aiyana, Aaron, Marissa and Jared.