A private family service for 74-year old Stephen Hawk Sr will be held at St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Crawford, NE.
A celebration of his life and burial will be held at a later date when his friends and family can safely gather.
Memorials in Steve’s honor may be made to Our Lady of the Sioux Catholic Church, PO Box 104, Oglala, South Dakota 57764, or your preferred charity
Steven James Hawk Sr, “Nāžin iyē“, was born to Talton and Jennie Hawk on May 22, 1946, in the Indian Camp near Crawford, Nebraska. He left to the Spirit World on Nov 7, 2020.
Steve attended school in Crawford and graduated from OCS in Pine Ridge, SD. He held fond memories of his legion baseball days in Crawford and playing high school basketball for both the Rams and the Thorpes.
He attended the University of Colorado and Oglala Lakota College, earning associate degrees in Early Childhood Studies and General Studies.
Steve spent much of his lifetime in service to the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He served as a patrol officer and then as Lieutenant of Police with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Police in Wounded Knee District. He then moved on to serve four terms as the Tribe’s Prosecutor and three appointments to the Tribe’s Judiciary.
His name will forever be in the law books in the federal case of White vs. Califano. His ruling in that matter set in motion avenues for mental health care in Indian Country.
He also was appointed as the first Attorney General (Interim) for the Tribe. He served as an OST Election Judge for two terms. He sat in the governing circle of the Tribe during the Iron Cloud Administration.
He was also involved in local politics in Oglala District. He was elected as Chairman of the District and to a seat on the local board for Oglala Lakota College.
He was active in his Church and completed the four-year Lay Ministry Formation class to help the effort to lay a stronger foundation for the Lakota Catholic Church on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Steve is survived by his wife, Pru; his children, Nichelle, Dalene, Cristy, Stefany and Sean; his brother, Lambert (Mary) Hawk; brother-in-law, Darold Forney; and his Grandchildren who he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Talton and Jennie Hawk; first wife, Eileen (Stover) Hawk; son, Steve, Jr.; brother, Michael Joe Hawk; and sisters, Sara Forney, Phoebe Thunder Horse and Tillie White
Pallbearers for the family service are William White, David Hawk, Paul Forney, Bradley Hawk, Nate Simpson, Richard Hagen, Jesse Hagen, Tanner Adams, Ohitika Tasso and Talton Hawk. Honorary Pallbearers are Shayne Hagen, Jeramy Bettelyoun, Jon Janis, Allyson Dreamer, Danny Hawk, Joy Marks, Tillie Hawk, Donnie Patton, Tom Patton, Madonna Mabin, Sandy Mabin, Eldon Forney, Cheryl Ann Forney, Mitzi Forney, Joe White Bear Claws, Margie White Bear Claws, Patty Rowland, Leah White Bear Claws, Rod White Bear Claws, Jeff White Bear Claws, Lambert Hawk, Jr., Karen Yellow Hawk, Mona Hawk, Susie Hawk, Tessie Hawk, Shelley White, Poppy White, Sid Hammonds, Vincent Ten Fingers, Judge John Hussman, Judge Richard Little Hawk, fellow Denver Bronco enthusiast Judge Rick Bark, Joyce White Butterfly, Irene Means, Tatewin Means, Henny Whalen, Buzz and Deb Jensen & family, Jackie Big Crow, Melody Martin, The Vocu Families, Joe Catches, the Clements Families, John & Mary Buchy, Kevin Lewis, Gayla Adams, Br. Rene Roy, Sr. Connie Schmidt, Sr. Barb Bogenschutz, Fr. David DeMarco, Fr. Joseph Daoust, Fr. George Winzenburg, Fr. Peter Klink, Oglala Sioux Tribe Ambulance Service, Pine Ridge Hospital ER staff, Black Hills Flight staff, the OCS Class of 1966 and All Friends & Relatives.