Preston Lyle Stiffarm
Born: Mar 12, 1951
Died: Feb 13, 2015
EE-Gib-Na-Nak, (Rides High), Preston Lyle Stiffarm (Fort Belknap), surrounded by his family and loved ones, passed away from natural causes at Benefits Hospital in Great Falls, Montana on February 13, 2015, he was 63 years of age. A traditional wake services will be conducted on Monday, February 16th at 5:00 p.m. at Red Whip Gymnasium in Fort Belknap, Montana with a traditional Whiteclay farewell on Tuesday, February 17th at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at the Stiffarm family cemetery in Hays, Montana. Arrangements have been made with Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.
Preston was born March 12, 1951 at Fort Belknap, Montana. He was the 11th child of the late Thomas and Vina-Theresa (Maloney) Stiffarm. Preston studied at Newburry Institute in Chicago, IL, at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, and had the opportunity to study in Ireland and in Germany. He was a personal guest of King of Norway during his visit with the Sammai Nation. His legacy lies in his professionalism and in Indian Education. He also worked at Fort Belknap Camp Crier, he was a Cultural Media Specialist at Tribal Education, he founded the Indian Studies program at Harlem High School, and worked as a Cultural Recovery Specialist at CDC. Preston was a fluent speaker of his traditional language, Ah-Ah-Ni-Nin (Whiteclay) and a teacher of our traditional way of life, our culture, the grass dance ways, and who walked the red road of life.
The surviving family includes William (Marlene) Stiffarm, Wus-Bee-Ah-Thot (Gerald) Stiffarm, EE-Gib-Na-Ah (Delores) Stiffarm, A-hak-nak-Itha (Lenore) Stiffarm, and his brother Kenny Ryan as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and countless relatives.
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