Celebrating the life of Joseph Smith

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Obituary

JOSEPH SMITH (Muskogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma/Rosebud Lakota Sioux)

Honored Elder Joseph Smith passed in Marysville California on October 9, visit web
2012 on his 82nd birthday.

Honored Elder Joseph Smith was born in Claremore, Oklahoma, in 1930. Son of Stanley Smith (Lakota), and Josephine Jacobs (Muscogee), and grandson of Joseph (Muscogee) and Nancy Jacobs (Muscogee), he lived in Fame, Oklahoma, where he attended Fame Elementary School, then Jones Academy Indian School where he was a member of the boxing and football teams. Mr. Smith then attended high school at Sequoia Indian School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where he also played football. At sixteen, he joined the Marine Corps, and was wounded in action in the Korean War. Mr. Smith was discharged after twenty-five years in the Marines as Sergeant Major. He then moved to Modesto, Stockton, and finally Olivehurst and Marysville. A Northern California PowWow institution, he served as PowWow Chair and member of a multitude of PowWow committees, Arena Director, Master of Ceremonies, and Color Guard, all over the state for more than thirty-one years. “Grampa” Joe was member of the Black Wolf Gourd Society and the Red Cloud Veterans Society of Eureka. He was also a long-time member and former Northern Vice-President of California Indian Education Association. In 2008, he was awarded Honored Elder at the California Conference on American Indian Education in Redding, for his many years of service to Native American Indian students of all ages.

Honorings will be held on October 13, 2012, at the Berkeley 20th Annual Indigenous Peoples Day PowWow and at the Auburn PowWow, October 20, 2012. Services are tentatively set for Monday, October 15, in Marysville. Family information and survivors will be added once complete.

 

Obituary

JOSEPH SMITH (Muskogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma/Rosebud Lakota Sioux)

Honored Elder Joseph Smith passed in Marysville California on October 9, physician
2012 on his 82nd birthday.

Honored Elder Joseph Smith was born in Claremore, sale
Oklahoma, salve in 1930. Son of Stanley Smith (Lakota), and Josephine Jacobs (Muscogee), and grandson of Joseph (Muscogee) and Nancy Jacobs (Muscogee), he lived in Fame, Oklahoma, where he attended Fame Elementary School, then Jones Academy Indian School where he was a member of the boxing and football teams. Mr. Smith then attended high school at Sequoia Indian School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where he also played football. At sixteen, he joined the Marine Corps, and was wounded in action in the Korean War. Mr. Smith was discharged after twenty-five years in the Marines as Sergeant Major. He then moved to Modesto, Stockton, and finally Olivehurst and Marysville. A Northern California PowWow institution, he served as PowWow Chair and member of a multitude of PowWow committees, Arena Director, Master of Ceremonies, and Color Guard, all over the state for more than thirty-one years. “Grampa” Joe was member of the Black Wolf Gourd Society and the Red Cloud Veterans Society of Eureka. He was also a long-time member and former Northern Vice-President of California Indian Education Association. In 2008, he was awarded Honored Elder at the California Conference on American Indian Education in Redding, for his many years of service to Native American Indian students of all ages.

Honorings will be held on October 13, 2012, at the Berkeley 20th Annual Indigenous Peoples Day PowWow and at the Auburn PowWow, October 20, 2012. Services are tentatively set for Monday, October 15, in Marysville. Family information and survivors will be added once complete.

 
Please share far and wide in your locale and network:
An Honoring and Celebration of the life of “Grampa” Joe Smith will be held at:

Three Rivers Lodge
13505 South Union Road
Manteca, pharmacy CA  95336
3:00 PM, click  Sunday, October 21, 2012
There will be a Potlach meal (just bring your favorite dish), ceremony, prayer, song, and a sharing of stories. Please bring your own seating and EZ-Ups.
Come and join in celebrating the blessings of the gift of our time with him in this world on Turtle Island. Uncle Joe touched the great many of us, so we are all family through him.
Looking to see you there, my Relatives,
Clyde Hodge

FAX (209) 669-6238
P. O. Box 894
Delhi, CA 95315-0894

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