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Clifford Littlewind

June 28, 1956 — November 8, 2023

Fort Totten

Clifford Littlewind

Clifford J. Littlewind, 67 of Fort Totten ND passed away on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at Trinity Medical Center in Minot, ND

A Wake and Prayer Service will be on Crowhill Wellness Center, rural Fort Totten on Thursday, November 16, 2023 beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a time of prayer and remembrance at 7:00 p.m. The procession will leave from City Plaza, Devils Lake at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. Funeral Service will be on Friday, November 17, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. also at the Wellness Center with burial in St. Jerome's Cemetery.

Clifford passed away on November 8, 2023 peacefully at Trinity Hospital, Minot, ND surrounded by his loving family, Connie, Renita, Whalen, Hopsty and Delphine. Clifford in recent years fought hard against his illness to regain his life's enjoyments of spending quality time with his family, friends and dancing in pow-wows.  

 

Clifford Joseph Littlewind { "Clicks"}  age 67, was born June 28, 1956 in Devils Lake, ND.  Clifford was one of eight children born to his parents Pius and Mary {Waanatan} Littlewind and made his lifetime home on Spirit Lake Nation. 

 

His early years of education he attended Little Flower Elementary, Wahpeton Indian School and Ft. Totten High School, In his youth he enjoyed playing sports including baseball and basketball but his most loved sport was boxing.  He and his little brother Eugene were Golden Glove Boxers. He fought in the heavyweight division for the Ft. Totten Boxing Team.  His love for and skill in boxing took him and his team traveling across many states for Boxing events. He was fortunate to have fought in bouts alongside ND Legend Virgil Hill, he also traveled to the Olympic Trials in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Clifford's past times growing up, he loved to work on cars especially his classics and he loved his 50's and 60's music.

 

In later years he returned to his culture and traditions to add to his enjoyments in life now which were dancing at Pow Wows and running his business Little Wind Sound.  He made many friends during his years of traveling to pow wows who became like family over many states and Canada.  Clifford enjoyed sharing good times with his pow wow family and friends, their visits and sharing traditions was a highlight of his last many years.  He generously shared helping others whenever called upon by community members, family, and friends with any of their requests for his assistance.  He would prioritize their needs as very important to share what he could.

 

Clifford's work career was within various programs of his Spirit Lake Tribe and brought his skills and training into the field of Water Resource Management. He was a key part of developing Sioux Utilities in its beginning years and worked with the Tribal Health Division in the development of the Tribes Solid Waste service infrastructure and in its years of planning the millions of dollars project.  He was a strong advocate for community safety and meeting the needs of our districts during the many years of lake flooding.  Clifford was an active, involved, and committed community member for the betterment of his Tribe.  He was a strong proactive community, Tribal and federal counterpart working, meeting, and an attendee.  He wasn't afraid to challenge the discussion, bring the topics to straight forward discussions and wanted actions that would help his community, project, or interest in quality of services for the people.  His declining health forced him into retirement and leaving those activities he loved to participate in life.  

 

Clifford is survived by his only remaining sibling Renita {FeFe} Shaw ( Whalen his lifelong brother in-law), son Clifton Rainbow; daughters Connie Charboneau and Marlana Littlewind; grandsons Peter (Michelle) Charboneau, Joseph Charboneau, Lewis (Linsay) Swiftbird, Isaac Swiftbird, Joshua Swiftbird; great grandkids Theo and Mary Charboneau, Kimimila, Wakinyan, Liam and Mason Swiftbird, Isaac and Joshua Swiftbird; his aunt Helena Littleghost; nephews Denver Littlewind, Gandi Shaw, Briar Shaw, Kell Littlewind, Little Son Littlewind, Marlo Twohearts, Christian Martin, Matt Littlewind; nieces Mickie Twohearts, Meada Jetty, Tiana Martin, Blanche Martin, Lovetta (Cissy) Fox, Holly Littlewind, Luana Littlewind, Sarah Littlewind; Clifford had many family members he loved. If we forgot anyone it was not intentional.  

 

Clifford is preceded in death by his parents Pius and Mary, siblings Marla Kirk, Alfred Littlewind, Carol Olson, Martha Robertson, Marsha Littlewind-Martin, Eugene Littlewind, Sylvester Littlewind who died November 10th, 2023, aunts Pauline Yankton, Elizabeth Robertson and Libby Littleghost, nephews Whalen Shaw, Tobias Shaw, Andrew Shaw and Fabian Littlewind, nieces Jenny Thompson, Mary, Michelle, and Melissa Littlewind and Nicole Littlewind.

 

Pallbearers: Peter Charboneau, Joseph Charboneau, Lewis Swiftbird, Lionel Dunn, Whalen Shaw, Londel Seaboy, Jonathan WindyBoy, clay Crawford, Denver Littlewind and Junior Pallbearer Theo Charboneau.

 

 

Honorary Pallbearers

Jeannie Charboneau (Connie’s Mom)
Carole Rainbow (Clifton’s Mom)
Brian Thunder ~ Ron McKay Sr. 
Yvonne and Louie Dubois ~ Delphine Cavanaugh
Carmen Littlewind ~ Germaine Demarce
Onna Littlewind ~ Swadeau and Terry Halsey
Peggy Cavanaugh ~ Richard Littlewind
Rocky Littlewind ~ Deloris White
Myra and Brian Pearson
Cousins
Clarice Lawrence ~ Valerie Yankton
Celeste Herman ~ Paulette Lenoir
Johanna Hunt ~ Roberta Littleghost
Marva Tollefson ~ Lila Anderson 
James Yankton ~ Roger Yankton

Littlewind Family ~ Thomas Family ~ 
Chaske Family ~ Brown Family
WalkingEagle Family ~ Greybear Family Waanatan Family
Robertson Family ~ Littleghost Family
Clifford’s Neighbors
Dale Alberts ~ George Alberts 
Suzy Fox ~ Kateri Demarce ~ Jeanne Cavanaugh
Luwonna Cavanaugh and Family

Jonathan WindyBoy ~ Joseph Lafferty
Paul and Vera Dressen ~ Posie Johnson 
Pat BadHand ~ Wesley WindyBoy
Kalon Strickland ~ Johnny and Terri Johnson
Elgin Scabyrobe ~ Kenny Scabyrobe
Pat and Vicky BearHeels ~ Charlie Moran
Mick and Lucy Kjar 
Gobe and Dionne Desrosiers 
Mike and Denise ONeStar  ~ Jim RedEagle
Tony and Isaac ~ Arlene and Bob Frederick 
Terry and Marcy Fiddler
Richard and Lonna Street
Rubin LittleHead ~ Jimmy and Marilyn Smith
Kevin KingBird ~ Keveon KingBird
Jerry Dearly ~ Vince Beyl 
Ronny GoodEagle Sr. 
Terrence Brown ~ Reuben Crowfeather Sr. 
Earnie Running ~ Randy Phelan ~ Jude Phelan
Chaske LaBlanc ~ Kevin Haywahe
Kevin Finley ~ Lee Lussier
Wylee Bearstail ~ Jasten Bearstail
Dustin Bearheels ~ Al Childs 
Mark Hajicek ~ MJ Bullbear ~ Gerald Zephier
Monique Wright ~ Eunice Wright 
Frank and Rochelle Bullhead
Adam Nordwall ~ Bj Rainbow
Anthony St John ~ Donovan Abbey 

 

 

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Wake

Thursday, November 16, 2023

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Crow Hill Recreation Center

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

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Crow Hill Wellness Center

Highway 57, Fort Totten, ND 58335

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Funeral Service

Friday, November 17, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Crow Hill Wellness Center

Highway 57, Fort Totten, ND 58335

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