|NELBERT (FRASER) LITTLE MUSTACHE
IIPISOWAAHS (MORNING STAR)
MAY 10, 1947 Ė JUNE 8, 2012
Nelbert Little Mustache, beloved husband of Audrey Little Mustache (Plain Eagle), left us to be with Our Creator; he passed away with his dear family at his bedside on Friday June 8, 2012, at the age of 65. Nelbert was born on May 10, 1947, on the Piikani Nation to the late Eva and Albert Little Mustache. Nelbert met Audrey in 1971 and together raised their four children.
Nelbert is survived by his wife of 41 years Audrey, daughters; Nelbertine and Katrina (Grant) Shade, sons; Kyle and Jason. His baby girls; Kylisha (Adam), Tawnya, Kynita, Letitia, Kristina, Kieran, Piper and his sonny boy Graison. His siblings; Gordon (Carolyn) Little Mustache, Noella (Chuck) Wells, Anne (Keith) Brown from Seattle, Delia (Alvin) Crosschild, Grant (Louise) Little Mustache, Albertine Crow Shoe (Paul Raczka), Marie (Warren) Morning Bull, Florence Little Mustache (Aaron Good Rider), Stephanie Lee Ellertson and Racquel Little Mustache. He also leaves to mourn his uncles; Peter (Jeannie) Strikes With A Gun, Mark (Blandine) Strikes With A Gun, Alphonse (Wilma) Little Mustache, John Little Mustache, his aunties; Leita Halls, Arlene Marshall and Sally Listner. His adopted mother Louise English and Mother-in-law Margaret Plain Eagle, brother-in-laws; Melvin, Leslie (Florence) Man Who Smokes, Stanford (Shannon), Richard (Noreen), Douglas, Cameron (Brenda), Calvin (Tamara) and Rueban Plain Eagle. Sister-in-laws; Beverly (George) Four Horns, Laura Plain Eagle and Auntie Catherine Plain Eagle. Adopted children; Leona (Coyote) Hall, Keisha One Owl, April Crow Shoe, Dwayne Crow Shoe and Maxine Routladge. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins of the Little Mustache, Strikes With A Gun and Plain Eagle Families. Special acknowledgements to the following families; Duck Chiefs, Little Dogs, Kicking Woman, Melvin and Delores Iron Shirt, Deroches and Plain Women.
Nelbert was predeceased by his parents Albert and Eva Little Mustache, infant sister, Connie, his maternal grandparents, Alice Muggins and Charlie Strikes With A Gun, his paternal grandparents, Noel and Maggie Little Mustache, late daughter-in-law Jeanette (Esitty) Plain Eagle of Lupton, AZ, his late uncles; William Strikes With A Gun, Tony Strikes With A Gun, James Strikes With A Gun, Leo Strikes With A Gun, Ned Muggins, George Little Mustache and Bobby Little Mustache. His late aunties; Florence Small Legs, Maude Prairie Chicken and Cecille Strikes With A Gun. His brothers; Sam Born With A Tooth, Charles English and Wally Wolf Tail.
Nelbert was raised by his maternal grandparents, Miikiapii (Charlie) and Stoístii yoi twwa (Alice) Strikes With A Gun, which he considered a gift. His first language was Blackfoot. At the age of 6, he entered Sacred Heart Residential School and attended there for seven years, then attended Peigan Day School for three years. In 1964, at the age of 17, he joined the 3rd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery at Camp Shilo in Manitoba. In 1967, he was honorably discharged with Artillery Training, Army Training and had the honor as a torch bearer for the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg. In 1975, Nelbert worked for the Company of Young Canadians and was instrumental in the development of the Crowfoot Sunrise Treatment Center. In 1976, Nelbert was elected to Peigan Nation Chief and Council where he remained in office for 14 years until 1990. In 1976, Nelbert opened Crowlodge Grocery Store which remained in operation until 1981. During his time in office, Nelbert worked closely with Peigan Alcoholic Prevention Programs and the formation of the Peigan Board of Education. He was instrumental in the design and takeover of Peigan Education. Being the first school in Treaty 7 area, Piikani School was the model for other first nation schools in Canada to take control of its own education. In 1993, Nelbert graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a certificate from the BESS Program. He also took great pride of his artistic ability. In 1994, he worked at the Plains Indian Museum at Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY. In 1996, Nelbert formed the Peigan Handicap Society. In 2001, he was employed at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, AB, as an interpretive guide.
Nelbert had succumbed to a 30 year battle with diabetes and was unable to continue working. He was still active within the community and was constantly sought out for his knowledge, both traditional and leadership attributes.
Nelbert and Audrey valued the special bond of their family, especially taking care of their grandchildren. They raised their children through traditional prayer, as well as the Catholic Church, Cursillo movement and the Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimages.
The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the following people for the exceptional care that was provided to our dad; Dr. Scrimshaw, Dr. Wong, Dr. Chan, Lethbridge and Fort Macleod Reno Clinic, Ward 3C of Lethbridge Regional Hospital, Pincher Creek medical staff and nurses, Piikani Health Center, Darren Pilling of Piikani Handibus, Pincher Creek and Peigan EMS.
The family will gather for a mass service at St. Paulís Catholic Church on Thursday June 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with Father Freddie Valdeva officiating. The wake service will immediately follow and will be held at Nelbertís residence on the Piikani Nation, June 14 and all day on June 15. The funeral service is set for Saturday June 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Piikani Nation Community Hall with interment to follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Piikani Nation, Brocket.