|Birth: ||Sep. 21, 1953|
South Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 22, 2007|
South Dakota, USA
As a young man of 29, Benjamin Charles Brown Wolf was fighting a losing battle with alcoholism until, working under the tutelage of a group of Lakota Elders, he began his sobriety in 1982, swearing to stay sober and help his people.
Ben became a level III Alcoholism Counselor at the Four Bands Healing Center from 1995 to 2001. He held many positions of which he and his family were very proud. He was an assistant program director for the Four Bands Healing Center, Substance Abuse Therapist, Lay Advocate, Indian Child Welfare Coordinator, Prosecutor II, Public Defender, Juvenile prosecutor, Case Worker, and Halfway House Manager. He was a member of the Crow Staff Keepers Society and Lakota Sundance Society International Sundance of Green Grass.
His work ended when he died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007, at his home in Eagle Butte, one day after his 54th birthday.
Ben was born Sept. 21, 1953, to Henry Philip and Hattie (Carter) Brown Wolf at the Old Cheyenne Agency. He attended grade school in Mobridge and attended high school and graduated from high school in Wakpala. He also attended the St. Elizabeth's Mission near Wakpala. While in high school, he qualified and placed in the State Basketball Championship.
Following his high school graduation in 1971, he attended Black Hills State College, the Haskell Indian Nation University, Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute, and the Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C., where he received a legal assistant certificate.
In 1979, he married Peggy Bird and they had two sons, Henry Philip Brown Wolf III on June 17, 1979, and Jacob Hasely Bird on Jan. 7, 1977. Ben and his family moved to Albuquerque, N.M., where they lived until 1982. He moved back to South Dakota and was divorced in 1983. On Oct. 7, 1986, Lorna Rose Brown Wolf was born in Eagle Butte to Ben and Sharon Swift Bird.
Survivors include his sons, Henry Brown Wolf III and Jacob Bird, both of Albuquerque; one daughter, Lorna Rose Brown Wolf of Eagle Butte; his mother, Hattie Horn of Eagle Butte; sisters Colleen Brown Wolf and Connie LeBeau, both of Eagle Butte, Rosemary Brown Wolf and Julia Brown Wolf, both of Sioux Falls; brothers Steve Brown Wolf of Eagle Butte, Dale and Lylis Brown Wolf of Prairie Island Indian Community, Minn., John Aseron of Sioux Falls and Robert Sands of Keams Canyon, Ariz.
Ben's father, Henry Brown Wolf Sr.; one brother, Henry Brown Wolf Jr.; nephews Joseph Brown Wolf, Emilio Boyzo and Brian Yellow Back; and one niece, Adele Traversie, preceded Ben in death.
The funeral for Ben was Thursday, Sept. 27, at the H.V. Johnston Cultural Center in Eagle Butte. Mother Marian Rectenwald and Deacon Hazel Red Bird officiated.
Traditional services were by Michael Cross, Ivan Looking Horse and Sam LaDeaux. Young Nations, Wakinyan Maza, Green Grass Drum and other drum groups took part. Special music was by Winona Powless, Lenni Granados, John Aseron and Steve Emery.
Casketbearers were Hunter Brown Wolf, Dale Brown Wolf, Jaxon Brown Wolf, Leland Brown Wolf, Royce Dauphinais, Frank Yellow, Lawrence Earring Jr., Mahlon Jefferies Jr., Lester Peneaux Jr., Jarred Peneaux, Paul Brown Wolf and Dennis Brown Wolf.
Burial was at the Ascension Cemetery in Blackfoot under the direction of Oster Funeral Home of Mobridge.
An all night wake service began Wednesday evening, Sept. 26, at the Cultural Center in Eagle Butte.
Mobridge Tribune October 3, 2007
Ascension Cemetery (Blackfoot)
South Dakota, USA
Created by: In memory of Scott
Record added: Oct 07, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22000526