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Carolyn Whitefeather

Carolyn Whitefeather, whose Indian name was Miigisabiik, which means Scared Shell Woman, 52, of Ponemah, died Feb. 9, 2009, at the Jourdain-Perpich Extended Care Facility in Red Lake.

Traditional Indian services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ponemah Community Center in Ponemah. A wake began at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Ponemah Community Center and will continue until the time of the services. Burial will be in the Family Burial Grounds in Ponemah.

Cease Family Funeral Home of Blackduck is assisting the family with arrangement.

Honorary pallbearers will be Collette R. Neadeau, Natalie Weise, Cherilyn Johnson and Rose Cloud.

Active pallbearers will be Cody Loud, David "D.J." White, Clinton White, Kevin Patterson, Evan Thomas, Jerome Graves, and William Kingbird, with alternates, Alan Whitefeather and Ken Roy.

She was born June 18, 1956, to Jerome and Amelia (Johnson) Whitefeather in Red Lake. She was raised in Ponemah and graduated from Red Lake High School. She studied at Bemidji State University for three years and for two years at the University of Minnesota in Duluth for respiratory therapy. She worked as an accounting clerk at the Jourdain-Perpich Extended Care Facility for three years. She was then employed by the Red Lake Tribal Council for 13 years where she was a grants and contract technician. She started the Scleroderma Foundation Support Group in Bemidji and surrounding areas. She was a political activist, and was not afraid to express her opinion. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren, and watching Discovery Health Channel.

She is survived by her daughters, Janelle (Kevin) Whitefeather and Caitlyn Whitefeather, both of Ponemah; brothers, Vernon (Jean) Whitefeather of Bemidji, Bobby Whitefeather, Melvin Whitefeather and Alan Whitefeather, all of Ponemah; sisters, Donna Whitefeather and Eunice Whitefeather, both of Ponemah; two grandsons; an aunt; a great uncle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a niece; four aunts; an uncle; and all her grandparents.

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