Tuesday, October 07, 2008

OBT: Redman Little Plume

"Redman" Little Plume, one of the founders of Piegan Institute, passed on last week in Browning, Montana. His services will be held today, Darrell Kipp will give the eulogy at the Starr School gymnasium. "Redman" was an ardent supporter of Blackfeet language revitalization. He had a rare gift of articulating with great academic skill the finer nuances of the Piegan language. His unique talents will be greatly missed by Piegan Insitute and the entire Blackfeet community. In most ways "Redman" was an old-timer with old-time values and manners. He was also a Christian who believed in the golden rule, "Do onto others...." He was a true gentle-man. His quiet temperament and gentle ways will be missed in today's chaotic world. "Redman" was one of the last speakers of the Piegan language.

Rosalyn LaPier
Piegan Institute

Thomas Edward ""Redman"" Little Plume
BROWNING - Thomas Edward "Redman" Little Plume, 76, an Army veteran and Blackfeet language teacher, died of natural causes Tuesday at a Browning hospital. A wake is in progress at Starr School gym, with nightly prayer services. A memorial service is 5 p.m. Sunday at the Starr School gym,. His funeral is 2 p.m. Monday at the gym. Burial will take place in White Grass Cemetery. Foster & Spotted Eagle Tribal Wake Center is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors, all of Browning, include his wife, Elizabeth Little Plume; sons Oral Little Plume, Eugene Little Plume, Brendan Meineke, Edwin Little Plume and Quintin Carlson; daughters Arleen Wippert, Elaine Little Plume and Lavern Little Plume; sisters Gloria Old Person, Ruby Hall, Tia White Grass, Leona Skunkcap, Violet and Clara Hugs, Rita Shane and Beldine Small; brothers Earl Blackweasel Sr., George Wells, Leo Wells and Kenneth Old Person; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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