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Leland Spotted Bird

Leland Emerson Spotted Bird, Thunder Horse, 70, died Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Billings Clinic in Billings.
He was born June 25, 1947, in Brockton to John and Virginia Spotted Bird. He attended Brockton schools, but later received his G.E.D. He also attended and graduated from the Police Academy in Bozeman.
On June 20, 1969, he married Doris Good Bird and took her daughter, Kori, as his own. Together, they had four children, Myron, Gina, Kae and Larissa.
He worked for Pat O’Brien, riding and breaking horses. He worked for the Fort Peck Tribes in various departments as H.I.P. supervisor in 1975, police officer in 1978, fish and game warden in 1981, tribal prosecutor in Wolf Point and later in Poplar, and tribal judge from 1995 until 1997. He served on the Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board for three terms, 1997-2003; as land chairman, education chairman, negotiating team member for Northern Border, delegate-Docket #74, delegate to secure funds for the court system, Tribal Leaders Large Land Base, Roosevelt County Planning board and Fort Peck Tribes Summit Planning Committee.
He has been on the Badlands Celebration Committee from 1973 until his death. He was a powwow announcer for honorings and memorials and was an original member of the Badlands Drum Group. He also was a member of the Tantaka Oyate’ Drump Group. He participated in the Dakota 38+ Ride for five years, the Fort Belknap ride for two years and four years in the Fort Peck Awareness Ride, founding the Fort Peck Chapter.
He participated in the ceremony to welcome the buffalo back after 130 years of being gone from the Fort Peck Reservation. He also was recognized as a spiritual leader to sign eagle feather permits. He was a member of the Black Hills Steering Committee, Sioux Council and was a National Park Service advisor for the future Indian Memorial at Little Bighorn Battlefield. He also was a tribal representative at the Minnesota Historical Society.
He loved to hold and sing to his great-grandchildren, sing and dance at powwows, attend rodeos or watching them on TV, going for rides on his horse and visiting family and friends. He loved helping, whatever needed to be done he was there. He loved his Sioux traditions. He was involved in Sundances and was one of the of the founders of the 3 Buffalo Sundance, participating for 12 years. He always prayed for those who came to him to seek advice and guidance.
He is survived by his wife, Doris; son, Myron Spotted Bird; daughters, Kori Good Bird, Gina, Kae (Bear) and Larissa Spotted Bird, all of Brockton; 12 grandchildren; 16 great- grandchildren; adopted daughters, Marylou Ducharme and Claudia Scott; adopted brothers, Arrow Weinberger, Sean Brown, Clinton Birdhat, Tom Escarcega Sr., Lanny Campbell Sr. and Calvin Campbell; and adopted sister, Hazel Longee.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Elaine Spotted Bird, Josephine Black Dog, Viola Spotted Bird, Carole Spotted Bird, Catherine Spotted Bird and Melvine White Bear; brother, Gerald Calvin Spotted Bird; and grandson, Armon “Poohz” Boyd.
His funeral service was held Saturday, April 28, at the Brockton Cultural Center. Interment was at the Spotted Bird Family Cemetery, 3ast of Brockton. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.