Sheila WhiteEagle


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.

Also during her long career, in 1989, Sheila launched the American

Indian Parenting Program and in 1992, She began the American Indian

Youth Enrichment after-school and summer programs which last summer was

recognized by First Lady Laura Bush. In 1993, Sheila was recognized

with the McKnight Award and in 2001, Sheila led the Family Education

Diabetes Program, which has grown to now include education for youth

and a partnership with the University of Minnesota. Before she died,

Sheila was in the planning process of getting a non-denominational

spiritual center built for larger groups of American Indians to gather.

At rest with daughter, Leslie Kay White Eagle; brothers, Raphael

Masquot and Timothy Masquot. Survived by companion, Timothy Bayer,

beloved mother of Laura Kidd, Archie White Eagle, Jr., Sarah White

Eagle and Rachel White Eagle; Mother, Leila Picotte; brothers, Prosper

Waukon and Abel William DeCora; sisters, Kathleen Nanette Little

Walker, Renee DeCora and Katherine Masquot-Roy; grand-daughters, Sandra

Langevin and Andrea Kidd and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews,

cousins and friends. Memorial service were held on June 12  at St. John

The Evangelist Episcopal Church, in St. Paul, with interment at Fort

Snelling National Cemetery