Duey Skunkcap carried one of the Blackfeet Flags in the Color Guard, passing gathered multitudes along the procession’s route.

While the passing of Chief Earl Old Person marked an endpoint in one man’s journey through life, it also brought many people together, all touched in one way or another by his presence in their lives. This was evident when his remains were brought from west of the mountains back to Browning.

The procession was long and followed U.S. Highway 2 to the intersection with Montana 464 and thus to Tribal Headquarters where he lay in state that evening and into the following afternoon. Then the procession of singers and drummers came together again to move him to the gym at Browning High School where he lay for viewing until his funeral on Friday, Oct. 22.

The gym was filled with folks celebrating Old Person’s life and accomplishments, and their respect did not falter as the day progressed.

As many have said, no one can replace Chief Earl Old Person, but Blackfeet Country certainly showed how to appreciate and respect his passing in a meaningful way for everyone involved.

This week’s issues features two pages of coverage.

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