2012-05-09 / The Holy Road

~Charles " MC Chaz" Shoots The Enemy~

Funeral services for Charles " MC Chaz" Shoots The Enemy, 36, of Little Eagle, were Saturday, Apr. 28 at 1:00PM, CDT, at the Little Eagle Blue Gym, with Pastor Mike Kills Pretty Enemy and Pastor Leroy Bobtail Bear officiating. Tony Bobtail Bear was the MC. Music was provided by Daryl Whipple, Reuben Flying By, Jerry Good House & family, Tezi "Sugar" Dusek and Thunder Bear & Running Antelope Drum Groups. Burial will follow at Shoots The Enemy Family Cemetery, Little Eagle. Casketbearers were Leroy & Leon White, Harold Jr. & William Graves, Daniel Alvarado, Jr., Brandon Gunhammer Shoots The Enemy, Jonathan Edwards, Joaquin Tsosie, Sheldon Tree Top, Josh Carry Moccasin, Reugen Fying By, Chris & Dave Eagle, Fenton Little Dog, Jr., Marcus Red Thunder, Amiel Spotted Horse, Sr. and Fredericka Gilbert. An all-night wake begans with prayer services at 7:00PM Friday at the Blue Gym. Chaz entered the spirit world April 22, 2012 in Little Eagle. Stout Family funeral Home of Mobridge entrusted with arrangements.

Charles Amiel Shoots the Enemy, "MC Chaz," was born March 23, 1976 in Fort Yates, North Dakota, to Peter Spotted Horse and Arlene Shoots the Enemy. He was raised by his grandparents, Leo & Sophie Shoots the Enemy, and by Stanford and Marge Edwards. He attended Little Eagle Day School, and then McLaughlin High School, graduating in 1994. Chaz went on to study accounting for two years at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, and later attended business development classes at the Sitting Bull College Entrepreneurial Center here on Standing Rock.

Charles had many talents and ambitions relating to music, radio, and other media. He began recording tapes and developing his disc jockey (DJ) personality at his Auntie Marge's house when he was just a teen. In 1997, with encouragement from his Uncle Alec Looking Elk, he began broadcasting programs on-air at KLND FM radio in August 1997, continuing his work there until August, 2011. MC Chaz was well known for his work as a DJ, program director, independent producer, and fundraiser for KLND radio. In January 1998, MC Chaz founded Redhorse Productions to pursue his love of contemporary Native music, radio and video production and to promote his services as master of ceremonies for graduations, weddings, and other family celebrations. He also enjoyed playing drums with his dad's band, Roaring Thunder, for many years.

Chaz was a self-taught radio producer and a natural on-air DJ, but he was also mentored by many sound engineers, public radio technicians, video producers, DJ's and artists throughout Indian Country and beyond. Chaz maintained online independent producer profiles at the Public Radio Exchange in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Linked In, and Blues World, in order to expand both his professional circles and broadcast opportunities for his "Native Vibes" contemporary radio program, which often aired on KLND, other tribal radio stations throughout the Great Plains, and on American Indian Radio on Satellite (AIROS). Chaz was recently invited to attend an international Indigenous radio producers language revitalization conference at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., based on his many years producing public service announcements for tribal programs incorporating the Lakota and Dakota languages.

We are very proud of our son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. He was a dear young man, and we are still in a state of shock. He will be forever loved and deeply missed by all who knew him.

Those left to mourn his passing include his mom, Arlene Shoots the Enemy, Little Eagle; dad, Peter Spotted Horse, Jr., McLaughlin; sister, Antoinette White, Sioux Falls; hunka sisters Amanda Martin, Mobridge, and Robin Black Cloud, Rapid City; brothers, Leroy, Jr., Leon White, & Daniel Alvarado, Jr., Little Eagle, Amiel Spotted Horse, Bear Soldier, Joaquin Tsosie, Mahogany, Arizona and Jonathan Edwards & Brandon Gunhammer Shoots the Enemy, McLaughlin; hunka brother, Nathan Burtz, Rapid City; special sisters, Jennifer Weston, Lincoln, Rhode Island, Denise Gilbert, Mobridge, Lynsie Gilbert, Timber Lake, Davine & Fredericka Gilbert and Jewel Makes Him First, Little Eagle; special mothers Marge Edwards & Olena Soft, McLaughlin, Sylvia Culbertson & Donna Summers, Selfridge, Hazel Culbertson, Minneapolis and Roberta Benally, Flagstaff, Arizona; special grandmothers, Rita Iron Cloud, Maize Shelton, Dianne Brownotter, Donna Red Legs, Henrietta Bobtail Bear and Evelyn Uses Arrow along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, friends, and co-workers.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, Sophie and Leon Shoots the Enemy, Genevieve and Peter Spotted Horse, Sr. and sister, Sunshine White.

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