Germaine Marlo Tremmel, Tahoyate Wiyaŋgapi Win (Lady Seen By Her Nation), 62, transitioned to the stars in her sacred He Sapa at Fort Meade on December 2, 2019, in Sturgis, SD, due to complications following her bone marrow cancer. She was a water and land protector, UN attorney, Akicita, her people’s advocate, women’s drum leader, language and traditional knowledge keeper.
Ms. Tremmel was born on February 27, 1957, in Sitting Bull Camp, Standing Rock, SD, to her parents, Mathew Tremmel and Margaret “One Bull” Tremmel. She is the direct lineal granddaughter of Chief Sitting Bull, Chief Red Thunder, and Chief Rain in the Face. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Law and later graduated with her Masters in International Law from the University of Cambridge, England. She worked tirelessly for her Oyate locally and abroad at the United Nations in Geneva and Brussels. She was a Professor of West Virginia and the founder of the Tetuwan Oyate Treaty Council at the United Nations. Ms. Tremmel was also a recipient of the Indigenous United Nations Peacemaker Award and was a judge with the U.N. International Genocide Commission and International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands. Inspiring creativity and dedication in others was one of her life-long goals; the other, was the nationhood of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ as her elders placed her in this mission.
Ms. Tremmel served the United States military in 82nd Airborne for 13 years and was awarded the Purple Heart. She was a member of the Red Feather Society. Ms. Tremmel also worked in Bismarck/Mandan as a Riding Officer and was a Rapid City Police Officer and in later years worked at the B.I.A. (Aberdeen, SD) with the Department of Land Management.
Germaine was a patient and supportive teacher of the Dakota Language and created a “Grow Your Own” program utilizing traditional knowledge and was based out of Inhanktuwan Nation. Today there are over 30 fluent Dakota speakers who are now teaching the language. She was also the Founder of the Black Hills Pow-Wow along with Randy Ross & Melvin Miner. She had a great passion for traditional literacy and the arts and was a renown buffalo bone jewelry designer utilizing traditional practices taught by her elders. She sang and sat in many drum circles and was part of the Red Drum Society.
Ms. Tremmel is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Crystal and Warren Horse Looking of Bismarck, ND; her son, Arturo Tremmel; her daughter, Ida Lou Tremmel; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mathew Tremmel and Margaret “One Bull”; her natural parents, Owen Jefferson Young, Jr. (Rosebud Sicangu Oyate) and Evelyn Blanche Thompson (Hunkpapa Standing Rock/Canada); and her grandparents, John Thompson and Jennie Amy Crowghost.
Ms. Tremmel will be buried at the Black Hills National Cemetery on December 5, 2019 at 12:30PM. A wake will take place on December 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gym, 113 Comanche Rd., Fort Meade, SD, as she counts coup on Custer one last time. All are welcome to attend, celebrate and honour Ms. Tremmel’s remarkable life.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.