The Blackfeet Tribe has announced a preliminary schedule for the viewing, church and funeral services for Chief Earl Old Person, who passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, after a long battle with cancer.
According to James McNeely, Public Information Officer for the Blackfeet Tribe, Chief Old Person will be arriving home to the Blackfeet Nation on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. He will be brought to the Blackfeet Tribal Conference Room Chambers where a walk through viewing will take place.
“On Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m., Chief Old Person will be escorted to the Browning High School Gymnasium where he will lay in state until Friday,” continued McNeely.
There will be a special church service at Browning High School on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. with the funeral service on Friday, Oct. 22, beginning at 11 a.m., also at Browning High School. Additional information will be announced as soon as it is available, said McNeely.
"Please adhere to all Blackfeet National COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions while showing your final respects and attending the viewing or any of the services," reminded McNeely.
Earl Old Person was the longest serving elected tribal official in the U.S. He was elected to the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council in 1952 and served for over 60 years while serving as Chairman for over 50 years. During this time, Earl met many dignitaries including every U.S. President since Dwight Eisenhower, the British Royal Family, the Shah of Iran, and other world leaders.
In 1978, the family of the late Jim White Calf, bestowed the hereditary chieftainship, to Earl. Earl was an orator and leader for the Blackfeet People, the Blackfoot Confederacy, and Indian People across the United States and Canada.