Richard Tallbull, Jr, E’SE ‘HEME’O’O, SUN ROAD, (80), of Ashland, Montana journeyed home on June 4rd, 2019.
Richard was born in Clinton, OK to Richard Tallbull, Sr and Gertrude Lonebear on June 11th, 1938. Richard attended and graduated from Thomas High School in Thomas, OK where he lettered all 4 years in football. The team, Thomas Terriers won state all 4 years that he played. Richard was a veteran, he served in the US Air Force.
Richard is survived by his children, Richard (Brooke), Centennial, CO, William, Englewood, CO, Gloria, Norman, OK, Janice, Denver, CO and Clark, Denver, CO. His sisters, Ercel Whiteshield, Thomas, OK and Gloria (Edison) John, Centennial, CO. His brother, Lewis Keith (Kathy), Aurora, CO. His grandchildren, Amber, Rosalyn, Will, Cody, Erin, Blaine, Arlene, Tessa, Tyler, Mauricio and Teagan. His great grandchildren, Cecelia, D’Kane and Kidron.
Richard was proceeded in death by his parents and oldest son, Benjamin.
When Richard first came to Montana he worked as a Jewelry Apprentice with the local Arts & Crafts factory. He also worked for St. Labre for many years. Richard worked as a Tribal Police Officer on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and he also worked for many years at the Montana Power Company in Colstrip, Montana, as a heavy equipment operator. Richard was a member of the Native American Church, a faster, who sponsored many. He loved the Northern Cheyenne community where you could always find him sharing his love of Cheyenne culture whether it be with fellow tribal members, local and international visitors to the reservation.
He spent countless hours volunteering his time teaching the Cheyenne language to students, staff and their children at Chief Dull Knife College. Richard shared Cheyenne history with visitors from around the world, while working with Cheyenne Trailriders. He even traveled to Europe with fellow Cheyennes to share the Cheyenne culture and educate others.
Richard was so committed to providing activities for the youth on the reservation that one summer he decided to start a Respect Camp, which was open to both Indian and non-Indian children alike. With the help of his own children, grandchildren, relatives and friends, Richard camped all week in tipis with the kids and taught them respect for their families, the environment and themselves. He was so committed to youth that he helped facilitate a path for female football players here at St. Labre.
If you couldn’t find Richard leading tours at St. Labre Indian School, working with kids at Chief Dull Knife College, gourd dancing with relatives or working with his horses, you could definitely find him in a sweat in either Ashland, Lame Deer, Birney or Busby. You could tell this is where Richard was most at home. Connected to everyone and everything through prayer and song. He loved to sweat, and he taught so many of us to love it as well.
Richard had a large family, he has nieces, nephews, grandkids, great grandkids in Oklahoma, Colorado and Montana. Also, numerous adopted brothers, sisters and children from around the world.