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Betty 'Jane' Rabbit

PINE RIDGE - Betty "Jane" Rabbit, 77, died Sept. 9 at Fall River Hospital in Hot Springs of natural causes.

Survivors include husband Narcisse Rabbit of Pine Ridge; sons Ernie Goings, Tracy "Ben" Smith, Pawnee Smith and Dave Rabbit all of Pine Ridge; daughters Kathy Wilson, Marlys Rabbit, Lessanes "Daus" Rabbit, LeAnn Rabbit and Mary Red Hawk all of Pine Ridge and 16 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A two-night wake was Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Bill Mills Hall at Pine Ridge.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14 at Billy Mills Hall.

Officiating is Rev. Craig West with traditional Lakota services by Wilmer Mesteth.

Internment will be at the Holy Cross Episcopal Cemetery, Pine Ridge.

Sioux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Aloysius 'Al' Blacksmith

OGLALA - Aloysius "Al" Blacksmith, 68, died Thursday, Sept. 6 at his home. Survivors include his wife, Avis Sharpfish-Blacksmith, Oglala; four sons, Ronald Blacksmith, Pierre, Linwood Blacksmith, Rio Rancho, N.M., and Corwin Blacksmith and Tyrel Blacksmith, both of Oglala; five stepsons, Maka Moves, Isaac Lame, J.R. Lame, Dustin Lame and Casey Lame, all of Oglala; two daughters, Teresa Blacksmith, Pine Ridge, and Cheryl Blacksmith-Iron Cloud, Oglala; two stepdaughters, Muriel Lame and Nakina Lame, both of Oglala; four brothers, Tim Bad Heart Bull, Oglala, Tom Bad Heart Bull, Rapid City, Vance Blacksmith, Rockyford, and Basil Brave Heart, Calico; five sisters, Felita Two Bulls, Christine Lajtay, Philomene Lakota, Vestana Red Ear Horse, and Amanda Blacksmith, all of Oglala; 23 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A two night wake was Monday, Sept. 10 at the Loneman School in Oglala.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the school, with the Rev. Asa Wilson and the Rev. Abraham Tobacco officiating.

Burial was at the Makasan Presbyterian Cemetery in Oglala.

Ben White Butterfly

MANDERSON - Ben White Butterfly, 82, died Wednesday, Sept. 5 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Wagner.

Survivors include a son, Philbert White Butterfly, Rapid City; eight daughters, Karen White Butterfly, Manderson, Bonnie Plenty Arrows and Joyce White Butterfly, both of Pine Ridge, Marianne White Butterfly, Lincoln, Neb., Carol White Butterfly, Sioux Falls, Gloria White Butterfly, Salt Lake City, and Delphine White Butterfly and Rita White Butterfly, both of Rapid City; two stepdaughters, Beverly Running Bear and Phyllis Shott, both of Rapid City; a sister, Victoria Fire Thunder, Manderson; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Wake services were Sept. 10 at St. Agnes Catholic Hall in Manderson and on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Mother Butler Center in Rapid City.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the center, with the Rev. Darrell New officiating.

Burial was at Pine Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Rapid City. Sioux Funeral Home and Serenity Springs Funeral Chapel of Rapid City were in charge of arrangements.

Julia Little Bear

WOUNDED KNEE - Julia Little Bear, 89, died Friday, Sept. 7 in Wounded Knee. Survivors include one son, Paul Little Bear, Wounded Knee; one daughter, Vera Little Bear, Wounded Knee; one stepbrother, Noah No Leaf, Gordon, Neb.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A two night wake service was Tuesday and Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wounded Knee.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the church, with the Rev. Craig West officiating. Burial will follow at Messiah Episcopal Cemetery in Wounded Knee. Sioux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Georgene Esther LaPointe Brewer

TUCSON, ARIZ. - Georgene Esther LaPointe Brewer, 90, died at her home in Tucson on Aug. 26. Born July 9, 1917 in Rapid City to Stella Dora Twiss and James LaPointe.

Esther, as she preferred being called, grew up in South Dakota with a longing for the Southwest. She attended schools in Rocky Ford and Rapid City, and graduated high school from Flandreau Indian School, Flandreau SD. She then attended Haskell Institute in Lawrence Kan. for two years, where she acquired her vocational skills.

Her first employment as a clerk/stenographer was at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian Hospital on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Esther also worked at the Pine Ridge Agency Office. During her career in Pine Ridge, she married Clement Robert Brewer and they had seven children together, but suffered the loss of their firstborn in infancy. In 1953, Clement and Esther had the opportunity to head southwest, so they packed up their six children and the family dog, Curly and moved to Los Angeles, Calif.
There Esther worked in the accounting dept of Douglas Aircraft in Torrance Calif. Before long she was presented with the chance to work for the U.S. Government again in northwest Arizona at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Truxton Canon Agency.

It seemed to fulfill her dream of settling in the Southwest, so on Feb. 14, 1954, the Brewer family fittingly relocated to Valentine, Ariz. There Esther and Clement lived and worked for 25 years. In 1979, Esther retired from BIA with 38 years of federal service. Clement also retired and they moved to Tucson, Ariz. where they lived out their days.

Esther was preceded in death by a son, Russell Charles in 1939 and her husband Clement in 1993; also both parents, a sister Frances Bell; brother James LaPointe Jr; brother William Bell; and grandson Anthony Mejia. She is survived by her six children, Margaret Mejia of Apple Valley Calif.; Lloyd Brewer of Phoenix Ariz.; Carmen Jacobs of Topeka Kan; Maureen (Jim) Scott of Eureka Calif.; Eileen Wilson and Jim (Ginger) Brewer of Tucson Ariz.; 22 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren; and her loyal feline companions, Roar and Max.

Esther was fiercely proud of her Lakota heritage, and continually strove to instill that pride and knowledge of the culture in her children and grandchildren.

Esther Brewer's life was celebrated by loving family and friends on August 30, 2007, at Desert Sunset Funeral Home with interment at Holy Hope Cemetery in Tucson Ariz.

Briar Brown Bull Martinez

KYLE - Briar Brown Bull-Martinez, 8 months old, of Kyle, died Monday, Sept. 3, near Allen, as a result of an auto accident.

Survivors include her parents, Leonard Martinez Jr. and Laretha Brown Bull, Kyle; four brothers, Evan Brown Bull and Paul Apple, both of Rapid City, and Manny Clifford and Leonard T. Brown Bull-Martinez III, both of Kyle; and one sister, Katelynn "Rose" Clifford, Kyle.

Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 8, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Kyle, with the Rev. Cordelia Red Owl officiating. Burial was at St. Barnabas Episcopal Cemetery.
Sioux Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Philip J. Richards

MARTIN - Philip J. Richards, 51, Martin, died Thursday, Sept. 6, at Bennett County Health Care Center.

Survivors include one son, Patrick Richards, Minneapo-lis, Minn.; one daughter, Amber Richards, Rapid City; his father, Delmar Richards, Tuthill; five brothers, Jerry Richards, Martin, Delmar Richards Jr. and David Richards, both of Tuthill, Duane Richards, Wounded Knee, and Robert Running Bear, Pine Ridge; and two sisters, Clara Richards, Illinois, and Priscilla Richards, Rapid City.

Wake services started Monday, Sept. 10, at Martin CAP Office.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Martin CAP Office, with the Rev. Jeff Sisco officiating. Burial was at Tuthill Community Cemetery.

Sioux Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Orlando W. Kills Small

RAPID CITY - Orlando W. Kills Small, 42, Rapid City, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, in Rapid City.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Kills Small, Rapid City; three sons, Brandon Wright, Texas, Orlando Black Eyes, Rapid City, and Daniel Kills Small, Denver; three daughters, Desiree Richards and Megan Kills Small, both of Rapid City, and Linda Shangreaux, Martin; his parents, Jerome Kills Small, Vermillion, and Linda Kills Small, Rapid City; his stepfather, Philip Fly, Rapid City; two brothers, John Quick Bear, Rapid City; Tate' Kills Small, Denver; three sisters, Alicia Kills Small, Rapid City, Winter Kills Small, Georgia, and Tonya Fatt, New Mexico; two stepsisters, Summer Fly and Autumn Fly, both of Rapid City; and two grandchildren.

A first night wake was Sunday, Sept. 9, at Mother Butler Center. A second night wake was Monday, Sept. 10, at Native Voice Ministry Church in Wolf Creek.

Funeral services were. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the church, with Wayne Wasicuna officiating.

Burial was at Wolf Creek Community Cemetery. Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy J. Clifford Lafferty

PINE RIDGE - Dorothy J. Clifford Lafferty, 67, died Sept. 3 at the Pine Ridge Hospital of natural causes. She was a veteran of the United States Army.

She was born Feb. 1, 1940 at the IHS Hospital at Pine Ridge to Joseph L. and Thelma M. (Garcia) Clifford, Sr.
Dorothy attended (Holy Rosary Mission) Red Cloud School and graduated on May 23, 1958. After her high-school graduation Dorothy attended the Sisters of Saint Francis School of Nursing in Minot, N.D. and graduated on Sept. 2, 1961. She received her State Board of Nursing on Sept. 14, 1961.

During her last two years of nursing school, Dorothy enlisted into the United States Women's Army Corp and volunteered to go to Vietnam.

Dorothy was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Dorothy received an honorable discharge as a 1st Lieutenant, from the United States Women's Army Corp on June 22, 1965.

After her discharge from the Army, Dorothy worked at the Persidio Army Hospital in San Francisco, Calif. Dorothy returned home and went to work at the Pine Ridge Indian Hospital in 1969 and retired in 1995.

Dorothy has three children: Sam Clifford, Pied-mont; Linda Clifford, Pine Ridge; Vincent Lafferty, Pine Ridge. She has three sisters: Theresa Perkins, Lithia, Ga.; Mary Wilson, Pine Ridge; Anita Ecoffey, Wounded Knee.
She has three brothers Joe Clifford, Jr., Pine Ridge; Patrick Clifford, Manderson; Phillip Clifford, Wounded Knee.

She has Auntie Dorothy Kocer, Pine Ridge. She has four grandchildren Corey Clifford, Thelma Clifford, Jessica Whirlwind Soldier, and Destiny (Dowdy) Clifford. Five great grandchildren Corey Dawn, Nakia, Clarence, Lacey and Julian.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Donald Lafferty, her parents Joe and Thelma Clifford, her two brothers Mark Clifford, Sr., and Clifton Clifford, Sr., her four sisters Philomena Clifford, Esther Clifford, Darlene (Clifford) Waln, and Gloria (Clifford) Pettigrew.

A one night vigil service was Friday, Sept. 7 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Pine Ridge.

Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Sept. 8 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Steve Sanford officiating.
Burial was at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.
Sioux Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Stephen N. White Face

GORDON, NEB. - Stephen N. White Face, 36, died Sept. 5 at the Gordon Memorial Hospital of natural causes.

Survivors include brothers James White Face and Garould White Face of Gordon; sisters Hope White Face, Dori White Face and Monica Robateau of Gordon; half brother Jesse White Face, Porcupine; half sisters Betty White Face, Nancy White Face and Iris White Face of Porcupine and grandmother Martha American Horse of Gordon.

A two night wake was Monday, Sept. 10 at the St. Julia's Episcopal Church at Porcupine.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 12 at St. Julia's Episcopal Church Rev. Cordelia Red Owl officiating.

Internment was at St. Julia's Episcopal Cemetery, Porcupine. Sioux Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Carl White Eyes, Sr.

OGLALA - Carl White Eyes, Sr., 71, died Aug. 20 at Pahrump, Nev. of natural causes. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Survivors include sons Dakota White Eyes, Skiatook, Okla.; Ben White Eyes, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Carl William Whites, Jr., Pahrump, Nev.; Carl "Billy" White Eyes, Pine Ridge; daughters Robin White Eyes, Pahrump, Nev.; Carla Running Hawk, Oglala;

Tinkerbell White Eyes of Pine Ridge; a brother Ted White Eyes, Pahrump, Nev.; sisters Phyllis DeCory of Rapid City; Barbara White Eyes, Houston, Texas and numerous grandchildren.

A one night wake was Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Br. Rene Catholic Hall at Oglala.

Funeral services will be Thursday, at Br. Rene Catholic Hall.

Officiating will be Sr. Connie Schmidt.
Burial will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis.

Sioux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Danielle P. Martin

MANDERSON - Danielle P. Martin, 9, died Sept. 3 at her residence in Manderson.

Survivors are her parents Louis Martin, Sr. of Pine Ridge and Leticia Mesteth of Manderson; a step-father Marquis Mesteth, Jr. of Manderson; a sister: Deanna Martin of Manderson; half brothers: Louis Martin, Jr. of Pine Ridge; Jonathan Mesteth, Jordan Mesteth, Bradley Mesteth, and Marquis Mesteth, III of Manderson; half sisters Aspen Martin of Pine Ridge; Monique Mesteth of Manderson.

A first night wake begins Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Wounded Knee District School at Manderson; a second night service begins at 3 p.m. Friday at Billy Mills Hall, Pine Ridge.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at Billy Mills Hall.

Officiating will be Rev. Leon Matthews.

Internment will be at the Presbyterian Cemetery at Pine Ridge.

Sioux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jude O. Good Buffalo

OGLALA - Jude O. Good Buffalo, 18 months infant, died Sept. 1 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors are parents Benedict Good Buffalo of Payabya, and Thyra Williams of Porcupine; sisters Rubi Sina Good Buffalo and Victoria Rose Good Buffalo of Porcupine; half brothers Dean Good Buffalo, Shawn Buffalo and Brian Good Buffalo of Payabya; Max Williams and Chad Williams of Porcupine; half sisters Tonia Good Buffalo of Payabya; Stephanie Williams, Scarlett Williams and Michaela Williams of Porcupine.

A one night wake begins, Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the Oglala Recreation Center.

Traditional Lakota funeral services will be Thursday, Sept. 5 Oglala Recreation Center.

Officiating will be Mr. Floyd Hand and Mr. John Red Feather and Sr. Connie Schmidt

Internment will be Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Cemetery, Oglala.

Sioux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Victoria Charlotte Black Bear

WANBLEE - Victoria Charlotte Black Bear, 80, died Aug. 31 at Northern Colorado Medical Center, Greeley, Colo. of natural causes.

Survivors include sons John Bartlett, Peirre; Joe Bartlett, Kadoka; Berle Wayne Richards, Broken Arrow, Okla.; George Big Head, Greeley, Colo.; sister Twila Dillon, Greeley, Colo. and 15 grandchildren.

One night wake begins Thursday, Sept. 6, at Wanblee CAP Office, Wanblee.

Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at the Wanblee CAP Office.

Officiating will be Mr. Charles Chipps with internment at Gethsemane Episcopal Cemetery, Wanblee.

Sioux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tracy Wright

VERMILLION - Tracy Wright, 81, of Vermillion, died Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Tracy Lambert was born Nov. 29, 1925 in Okreek, to Guy and Nancy (Little Money) Lambert. She graduated from St. Mary's High School in Springfield.

Tracy worked for the Paint Brush Corporation in Vermillion as a finisher for many years. She was a member of the St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Vermillion, The Eagles Club, and a BCU member.

She is survived by two sons; Ben (Amanda) Wright of Lincoln, Neb., and Brian Wright of Vermillion. Seven daughters; Charlotte (Dick) Whipple of Parmelee, Dorothy (Pat) LeBeau of Mission, Paula (Roger Hansen) McBride and Deborah (Norman) Lauck all of Corsica, LouAnn (Richard) Adamson of Centerville, Victoria (Ron-ald) Brant of Hinckley, Minn., and Rochelle (Clint Hoodie) Miller of Batten Rouge, La. She is also survived by two sisters, her twin Charlotte Lambert and Martha Lambert both of Vermillion, and 24 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, and eight great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, three sisters, a son Guy, a daughter Winona and two great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 3 at the Jones Building in Mission, with burial to follow in the Sts. Phillip and James Cemetery in White River, SD. A wake was held Sept. 2 at the Bishop Harold Jones Building in Mission. Holmes Funeral Home was entrusted with the funeral service and local arrangements.

A prayer service was held Sept. 1 at Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Prudy L. Flying Hawk

MANDERSON - Prudy L. Flying Hawk, 69, Manderson, died Aug. 29 at Hemingford Community Care Center in Hemingford, Neb.
Survivors include three sons, Robert W. Flying Hawk, Sioux Falls, Lester Flying Hawk, Manderson, and Anthony Flying Hawk, Pine Ridge; two daughters, Sandra Mesteth, Denver, and Leia Rae Hendrickson, Spokane, Wash.; four sisters, Geraldine Jarrett, Denver, Verna Hunt, Martin, and Marcella Cottier and Kathryn Richards, both of Pine Ridge; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

A two-night wake was Sept. 3, at St. Agnes Catholic Hall in Manderson.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the church, with the Rev. Rick Abert officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter's Cemetery in Rockyford. Sioux Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Marta A. Little

RED SHIRT - Marta A. Little, 40, Red Shirt, died Aug. 31 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include a son, Michael Little-Gonzalez, Red Shirt; a daughter, Elena Pardi, Pacifica, Calif.; her mother, Lucy Little, Rapid City; and four brothers, David Little, Timothy Little and Jeffrey Little, all of Red Shirt, and Leo Little, San Pablo, Calif.

A one-night wake was on Thursday, Sept. 6, at Br. Rene Catholic Hall in Oglala. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the hall, with Connie Schmidt officiating.

Burial will be at St. Bernard's Catholic Cemetery in Red Shirt. Sioux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Harold J. Holy Rock-Dooley Jr.

OGLALA - Harold J. Holy Rock-Dooley Jr., stillborn infant, Oglala, died Aug. 31 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Survivors include his father, Harold Dooley Sr., Rapid City; mother, Randee Holy Rock, Oglala; and grandparents, Galen Holy Rock, Shirley Rouillard, and Joseph Dooley, all of Rapid City, and Labrey Beautiful Bald Eagle, Pine Ridge.
A one night wake was Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge. Services were on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the hall, with the Rev. Abraham Tobacco officiating.
Burial will follow at Jumping Bull Family Cemetery in Oglala. Sioux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

David Eagle

CANNONBALL, N.D. - David Eagle, 28, Cannonball, died Sept. 1 in Cannonball due to injuries from an auto accident.
A wake service will be Friday, Sept. 7, at the A.J. Agard Memorial Building in Fort Yates.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the building, with the Rev. Lindsay Dwarf officiating. Burial will be at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church Cemetery in Wakpala. Oster Funeral Home in Mobridge is handling the arrangements.

Kimberlee L. King

KYLE - Kimberlee L. King, 28, has made the journey home to join our sister Kalmarie One Feather in the Spirit World, Aug. 27.

Kim was born on October 12, 1978 in Denver, Colo. She graduated from Little Wound High School in May of 1997. Kim also attended La Luna Vo-Tech in Las Vegas, New Mexico from 2001-2002; her studies involved mechanics and music. Kimberlee had plans to attend Western Dakota Tech this fall to pursue a career goal as a pharmacy tech. She loved the outdoors, music and dancing.

Kim was an animal lover. She had many dogs, cat and at one time even owned an iguana! MOST of all, Kim loved hanging out with friends, where you would always see her smiling, laughing and joking around with anyone she encountered.

Kim was so full of life and very high spirited! We all love you Kimmy, and you will be missed deeply! Survivors include her significant other, Heath Knox, her two beautiful children, Kalion and Ocean Knox, Okcreek: her father Dennis King, of Kyle: her mother Serena Hatt-King, of Pine Ridge; four sisters, Santana One Feather-Blacksmith, of Rio Rancho, N.M.: Jolene King, of Denver, Colo; Tiffany King, of Rapid City; Stephanie King, of Kyle; two brothers, Shields King and Sheldon King of Kyle and six nephews and three nieces.

A two night wake was Aug. 30 and Friday Aug. 31. Funeral services were Sept. 1. Burial was at St. Stevens Church, Kyle.

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