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Adrian “Shigaga-edeh-sh” Foote, Sr

  • Birth 21 Feb 1927 McLean County, North Dakota, USA
  • Death 26 Jun 2008 Parshall, Mountrail County, North Dakota, USA
  • Burial Raub, McLean County, North Dakota, USA
  • Memorial ID 107752830

Adrian Foote Sr., ("Shigaga-edeh-sh" Young Man Well Known), 81, Parshall, died Thursday, June 26, 2008, in his home.

Adrian Foote Sr. was born on February 21, 1927, in Elbowoods, ND, to James Foote Sr. and Elsie Fredericks Foote, the eldest of 10 children. He belonged to the Low Cap Clan and was a child of the Knife Clan. Adrian belonged to the Catholic faith, but was a strong believer in his traditional ways, which he instilled in his children and family. He attended Lucky Mound Day School and then went on to Marty Indian School.

At age 16, Adrian enlisted into the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving onboard the USS Enterprise for 3 years, receiving an honorable discharge.

In 1953, he married Dorothy Marie McKay, and they had five children. Adrian held many jobs during his life, including surveying with his cousin, Bud Hall, for the old 4 Bears Bridge and a police officer in the late 1950s. In the 1960s, Adrian worked for the Indian Health Service drilling and installing water wells on the reservation and helped build the reservation's first irrigation system, as part of the Economic Development Opportunities Program late in the decade. He was also tribal Game and Fish Director in the early 1970s.

Always knowing that public service to his friends, community and tribe were important, he served two terms on the Three Affiliated Tribes Business Council between 1966-1970, was instrumental in the starting of and served on the CHR, Johnson O'Malley and UTTC boards, served as Chairman of the Gaming Enterprise Board for 4 Bears Casino & Lodge and was Chairman of the Constitution Revision Committee, as well as being a lobbyist for the tribe in Washington, D.C. He stayed interested and involved in politics his whole life, and was personal friends with North Dakota Senators Quentin Burdick and Milton Young.

While on the Tribal Business Council, Adrian was active in fighting for Civil Rights, which led him to meeting Dr. Martin Luther King just days before he was assassinated, as well as meeting the Kennedys, Hubert H. Humphrey and other well known leaders.

Adrian married Virginia Alberts in 1961.

He was a 4-H leader along with his wife Virginia, working with the late Ina Hall.

Adrian and Virginia were also named Foster Parents of the Year, for fostering over 100 children from around the reservation, and were awarded a trip to Atlanta, GA.

Adrian had a lifelong love of rodeo, which all started with his first rodeo at Strawberry Lake, ND in 1943, riding saddle bronc and bareback. One of his main rodeo partners was his cousin, Manuel Chase. He continued to participate in rodeo in every imaginable way, going into farming and ranching as a young man, transporting rough stock and serving in several official capacities for rodeo organizations including president of the Great Plains Region of the All Indian Rodeo Association and on the board of directors for the North Dakota High School Rodeo Association.

He also ventured into the stock contracting business, starting Foote Brothers Rodeo Company, Deep Water Bay, which spawned some of the best bucking horses around including Redman, Little Crow, Boots, Cowboy, Cobra, Wounded Knee, Hells a Poppin, Light Foot, Spotted Wolf, Blaze, JR's Pet, War Bonnet and Hula Girl. Crow Woman (saddle bronc) and Miss Fort Berthold (bareback) were named bucking horse of the year in the North Dakota Rodeo Association and the South Dakota Rodeo Association, and both went to the 1977 Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association National Finals in Las Vegas, NV. Copperhead was also named 1980 NDRA bucking horse of the year.

Adrian was a cowboy everyone called "Fancy" because of the way he presented himself. He was inducted into the Fort Berthold Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2001.

Adrian was a respected elder throughout the reservation and an inspiring mentor to many. He will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by his loving wife, Virginia; and children, Gary Foote (Lyda), Denise Demontigny (Mark), Adrian Foote Jr. (Joan), Blaine Foote (Mary), Joni Foote, Tony Foote (Lynette), and Dustin Foote (Dee), Julie Stubstad, Rosario Wicker; brothers, James Foote Jr. (Junel), Charles Foote (Ernestine), Delvin Foote (Joey), sisters, Delores Packineau (Mickey), Yvonne Gunderson (Mac), Kaye Driver (Delvin); 35 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents; sisters Inez Baker, Vera Bracklin, Shirley Myrick; grandsons Christopher Blaine Foote, Dallas Blaine Foote; daughter Ione "Jeannie" Blackhawk; and son, Cletus Medicine Crow.

Funeral: Monday, June 30, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, Parshall.

Wake: Sunday (today) beginning at 5 p.m. in the hall.

Interment: Queen of Peace Cemetery, Rural Raub, N.D.

Online condolences may be sent at (www.langhansfu

(Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall)





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