Winfred Thomas Red Cloud, 60, "Sungmanitu Ho Waste" - Good Voice Wolf, went home to the Spirit World on Friday, Oct. 8, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, S.D.
He was born and raised at Pine Ridge, S.D., where he was active in traditional Lakota cultural practices and an excellent singer, traveling throughout the Indian Nations. He shared his knowledge of songs to drum groups and teaching Lakota culture. Winfred believed in protecting and maintaining the Lakota cultural way of life. In 1973, he was one of the Warriors who occupied Wounded Knee, wanting justice for the Lakota people.
Winfred married Julie Campbell at White River, S.D., in 1988 and they made their home at Prairie Island, Minn.
He worked as a cultural liaison for the Prairie Island Community; he did tobacco prevention for Indian youth and formed the Prairie Island Takoja Singers. Winfred also worked with the Indian prison inmates in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In 2007, he received the Amos Owens Award given by the Human Rights Commission for his work in teaching language and culture and his public services.
Winfred is a kind and humble man with a good heart and treated everyone with respect. He is loved by his family, friends, and the people he helped along the way.
Winfred is survived by his sons, Solomon Hokshila Campbell of Prairie Island and Barry Oakie of Eagle Butte, S.D.; daughters, Aleta and Jackie Oakie of Pine Ridge; brothers, Richard Elk Boy Jr. of Rapid City and James Donroy Elk Boy of Pine Ridge; sisters, Lula Red Cloud of Hermosa, S.D., Delia Conquering Bear of Pine Island, Minn., Frieda Big Road of Porcupine, S.D., Emma West of Manderson, S.D., Marie Black Tail Deer of Red Wing, Minn., Mary Ann Red Cloud and Vera Brings Plenty of Pine Ridge, and many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.
Wake services: Two night wake starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge; second night starting at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Prairie Island Community Center in Prairie Island. Funeral services: 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the Prairie Island Community Center, Prairie Island. Burial Service: Prairie Island Cemetery, Prairie Island. Traditional Lakota services: Mr. Floyd Hand (Pine Ridge) and Mr. Danny Seaboy (Prairie Island).
Pallbearers will be Prairie Island Takoja Singers
Honorary pallbearers will be All Singers, Red Cloud Tiospaye, Campbell Tiospaye, Traditional Men Dancers, and Paul Dressen.
Sioux Funeral Home, Pine Ridge, is in charge of arrangements.