OGLALA – Darnell “Smokey” Eagle Louse “Ta Cega Tanka”, 66, made his journey to the Spirit World on Friday, November 6, 2020 in Sioux Falls.
Darnell Basil Eagle Louse was born on August 1, 1954 in Pine Ridge to Charles Eagle Louse, Jr. and Goldie Broken Nose.
Darnell attended school at Loneman Day School & Bishop Hare Boarding School. He also attended Black Hills Workshop. Darnell followed his grandpa Basil Broken Nose footsteps and became a Lay Reader in the Episcopal Church. He attended many church functions and offered prayers when needed. He volunteered to take part in the search and rescue of the 1972 Rapid City Flood while he was employed at Sioux Pottery.
Darnell enjoyed singing at pow-wows. He was a traditional dancer in his younger years. He was proud to be part of the American Indian Movement and took part in the Longest Walk. Darnell was a father figure to all his nieces and nephews. He loved his family to the fullest. A treasured memory of him will be all the pens and gum that he kept in his shirt pocket. He enjoyed teaching his nephews and grandsons how to sing Lakota. If anyone needed help, he was always the first to step in to help. Darnell will always be remembered for being humble, funny, and loving to everyone he knew.
Darnell is survived by his uncles, Richard Broken Nose and Nason Backs; nieces, Amaris Swallow, Chevya Eagle Louse, Jamie Bear Robe, Williona Bear Robe, Darwina Matchum, Latonia Eagle Louse, Tawny Eagle Louse, Victoria Eagle Louse, Tristine Cross Dog, Riva Red Feather, Natasha Ballantine, Tess Chase In Sight, and Lisa LaDeaux-Begay; nephews, Paul Nava, James Bear Robe, John Bear Robe, Darwin Eagle Louse, Jr., Bo Sits Poor, Monte Eagle Louse, Damian Arredondo, David Arredondo II, Dane Arredondo, Devin Arredondo, Walter Cross Dog, Gentry Ribitsch, Sunday Eagle Louse, Preston Apple, Frank Apple, Jr., and Lewis Belt; brothers, Ken LaDeaux, Elton Eagle Louse, and Malcolm Eagle Louse; sisters, Genevieve Ribitsch, Jocelyn Apple, Jerlene Arredondo, Calesta Fast Horse, and Calendra Fast Horse; 62 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
Darnell was preceded in death by his father, Charles Eagle Louse, Jr.; mother, Goldie Broken Nose; brothers, Lennie Eagle Louse, Darwin Eagle Louse, Sr., Charleton Eagle Louse, and Walter Eagle Louse; sister, Rolanda Eagle Louse-Bear Robe; and grandchildren, Mariah Eagle Louse and Brendan Eagle Louse.
Pallbearers were Donny Slow Bear, Cedric Broken Nose, Paul Nava, Morgan Nava, Gentry Ribitsch, James Bear Robe, Jr., Sunday Eagle Louse, Darwin Eagle Louse, Jr., Monte Eagle Louse, David Arredondo II, Dane Arredondo, and Devin Arredondo.
Honorary pallbearers were Vivian Reed & Family, Leona Broken Nose & Family, Jenny Briseno & Family, Louella Broken Nose & Family, Sarah Paddock & Family, Harriet Sharpfish & Family, Goldie Star Comes Out & Family, Terri Rouillard & Family, Kimberly Slow Bear & Family, Joan Decker & Family, Susanne Swallow & Family, Delores Blacksmith & Family, Faye Charging Thunder & Family, Johnson Bear Robe & Family, Cecil Bear Robe & Family, Aurelia Two Crow & Family, Rachel Chief Eagle & Family, Wendy Backs, Genevieve Chase, Asa & Tresta Wilson, Rev. Robert Two Bulls, Bonnie Groaning Bear, Priscilla & Eldon Tobacco, Benedict Scabby Face, Mike Little, Chris Lone Elk, Mike Slow Bear, Ivis Long Visitor, Helen Helper, Henry Lodge, Thearl Short Bull, Delmar One Feather, Fred & Janet Stands, Delmar Dreaming Bear, Lexie Shield, Wade Broken Nose, Kevin Belt, Dan Swallow, Carmen Martin, Ron Cross Dog, Sr., Chet Cross Dog, Sr., Benedict Good Buffalo, Owen Warrior, Russell Fast Wolf, Sylvia Yellow Thunder, Milo Yellow Hair, Mike Weasel Bear, Norbert Bell, Cecil & Mary Little Hawk, Pam Ten Fingers, Ingrid One Feather, Darlene Helper, Joe White Bear Claws, Charlotte Frogg, Francine Broken Nose, Barbara Brings Plenty, Family of the late Russell Loud Hawk, Family of the Late Florence Ten Fingers, Family of the late Pete Blacksmith, Sr., Family of the late Angie American Horse-Goings, Families of the late Matt & Nellie Two Bulls, Families of the late Yvonne Standing Crow, Sits Poor Family, and all Relatives & Friends.
Visitation and Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at the Eagle Louse Residence, south of Oglala. Traditional Lakota services were held with MR. Richard Broken Nose. Burial was at the St. Peter’s Episcopal Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge.