Graveside services for 64-year old Horace Albert Wounded Arrows are Saturday, Nov 14, 2020 at 3:30 PM at St. Luke’s Episcopal Cemetery in Sharps Corner, SD.
A one-night service starts Friday, Nov 13, 2020 at 2:00 PM at the Brenda Wounded Arrows residence, 1105 Johnson Holy Rock Drive in Batesland, SD.
Horace Albert Wounded Arrows “Tasunka Zi Wicasa” ~Yellow Horse~ was born on Sept 25, 1956 in Gordon, NE, to Harry Wounded Arrows Jr. and Matilda Spider. Horace made his journey to the Spirit World on Nov 3, 2020 at the Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City, SD.
Horace Wounded Arrows was the type to jump up to help. He didn’t have to know you to help you.
He grew up with his grandparents, Julia Emma Grass-Spider and Albert Spider, who was a descendent of Chief Sitting Bull. Her father was Thomas Grass, son of Chief John Grass.
John’s parents were Chief Peji and Walks on Shell Woman-White Swan. His cousin’s grandmother’s name was Julia Little Commander, and her parents were Little Commander and Two Strikes. Sitting Bull and John Grass were first cousins; their mothers were sisters.
Horace lived in Batesland, SD where he learned the Lakota way of life. From there, he met Charlene Black Horse who bore him 2 children, Brenda and Jaimie Wounded Arrows, and he adopted a son, George Hawk Wing.
He then met Rhonda Memminger who bore him a son, Brandon Wounded Arrows and adopted a daughter, Nicole Wounded Arrows. He also took in Korona Black Elk as his own.
At a young age, his passion was to protect the Oglala Lakota Oyate and be a part of the AIM Movement. This was in 1972 during the Standoff in Wounded Knee, SD when guns and ammunition were being snuck in to AIM members.
Horace went on to become a member of the U-S Army and continued to protect the Oglala Lakota Oyate throughout his life and participated in marches across the Lakota Nation.
In his life, he worked at Bennett County School, took Pine Ridge Criminal Justice classes, became a police officer, and was a part of the AIM movement.
When he needed to be somewhere, he got on Highway 18 and hitch-hiked. Up to his last days, he was walking around doing patrols with Mni Luzahan Creek Patrol.
Can still hear him say, “shit, yeah – that’s cool.”
He is survived by his daughters, Brenda Wounded Arrows and Nicole Wounded Arrows; son, George Hawk Wing; brothers, Marty (Pam) Wounded Arrows, Purvis Wounded Arrows, and Mark (Tim) Wounded Arrows; sisters, Arletta Wounded Arrows, and Rose Wounded Arrows; hunka brother, Tom Cheyenne; cousins, Velma and Quincy Wounded Arrows; grandchildren, Isnala, Julia, and Kilah Wounded Arrows; and special friend, Sarah Belt.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Matilda Spider; father, Harry Wounded Arrows Jr.; son, Brandon Wounded Arrows; daughter, Jaime Wounded Arrows; sisters, Loretta Agetha and Victoria; brother, Adam Wounded Arrows; grandparents, Julia and Albert Spider, Harry Wounded Arrows Sr., and Lucille Bush-Wounded Arrows.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Cheyenne, Archie Sierra, Jr., Rito Torrez, Sr., Jose Gomez, George Hawk Wing, Conrad Grass, Jr., Chris Long Soldier, and Edward Ghost Bear.
Honorary Pallbearers are the Grass Oyate, Elk Boy Family, Gomez Family, Spider Family, Feather Earring Family, Tail Family, Sierra Family, Goings Family, Black Feather Family, Kim & Family, Harold Silk, Jr. & Family, Lema Richards & Family, Henry Whalen & Family, Alvina Grass & Family, Leo Swallow & Family, Brown Bear Family, Long Soldier Family, Bear Robe Family, Grass Roots Family, Catherine Grey Day, Jenn Ghost Bear, Nick Tilsen, Mark Tilsen, Hermus Bettelyoun, Sr., American Indian Movement members, Mni Luzahan Creek Patrol, and All Friends & Relatives.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD