Everett John Her Many Horses “Mato Tanka,” 68, of Manderson, S.D., passed away October 18, 2012, in Pine Ridge.
He was a veteran in the United States Army.
Survivors include his wife, Lawanda Her Many Horses, Manderson; children, Elena R. Her Many Horses, Pine Ridge, and Madonna Her Many Horses, Manderson; step children, Francis Duane Martin, Manderson, and Kim Martin, Rushville; brothers, Mike Her Many Horses, Wounded Knee, and Louie Her Many Horses of Sturgis; sisters, Rita Stoldt, Pine Ridge; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Everett was preceded in death by his father, Taylor Her Many Horses; mother, Emily (Matthews) Her Many Horses; brothers, Cleveland, Leo, William and Edward Her Many Horses; and sister, Dolores Her Many Horses.
Everett John Her Many Horses was born on October 18, 1944, to Taylor Daniel and Emily Her Many Horses. John went to school at Holy Rosary Mission from first grade to the twelfth grade. He enlisted in the Army when he was 17 years old. He served two tours in Vietnam. He was a long time school board member at the Wounded Knee District School. Everett also served on the Oglala Lakota College Board of Trustees for over ten years.
He worked for the BIA and Tribe most of his life until he retired. John was a championship men’s traditional dancer and participated in many dance contests throughout the United States and Canada. He was an announcer at Wyoming, an arena director for the Oglala Lakota Nation Fair and Rodeo in Pine Ridge, and served as director at Indian Center in Minneapolis, Minn., Prairie Island Casino, and at the Annual Kicking Bear Pow-wow in Manderson, SD.
John enjoyed going around with his family. He was the type of person who was kind hearted, loved to visit, and tell a good story. He will truly be missed by the family.
Wake Services: One night wake service starting at 12:00 Noon, Thursday, October 25, 2012 at the Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge, SD.
Funeral Services: 10:00 AM, Friday, October 26, 2012 at the Wounded Knee District School in Manderson, SD
Officiating: Father Peter Klink, S.J. and Mr. Charles McGaa
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD
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