Michael Ivan Her Many Horses, born August 17, 1950 to Daniel Taylor and Emily (Matthews) Her Many Horses and passed away on January 13, 2019. He was the youngest of their children: Cleveland, Leo (Sioux Boy), Louis, Everett (John), Bill and Rita Stoldt. He was preceded in death by his siblings and his parents.
He graduated high school from Holy Rosary Mission. He was proud to be part of the class of 1968 and always spoke highly of the accomplishments of his classmates, many of which he had been in school with since they were five years old. He attended the University of South Dakota and ultimately graduated from Black Hills State University with a BA in History that he jokingly loved to refer to as a degree in basket weaving.
He was a noted historian of Oglala History, particularly oral history and old photos. Throughout his life he collected people’s stories and recollections. He kept them safely stored in his large noggin. He could identify anyone and tell you who their family was and where they came from.
Michael was always an advocate for our tribe. He served four terms on the Tribal Council. In his over 40 years of service to the Tribe, he was responsible for many successes and advancements. An Ikce wicasa, he would never brag or take credit for his work. He knew in his heart that the Black Hills would be returned to our people; and he was an unwavering advocate for that cause. He arranged the introduction by Sen. Bill Bradley of the “Sioux Nation Black Hills Act” (Bradley bill) for the return of 1.3 million acres of the sacred Black Hills to the Great Sioux Nation. Most recently, he and John Yellow Bird-Steele negotiated the settlement of the Ramah contract support cost reimbursements for our tribe.
Michael loved living life, going on road trips, visiting every county museum in the Great Plains. On road trips he stopped at every historical marker make his children read them out load and then tell us the back story to what was written, he was a historian to his core. Dad loved people and made friends wherever he went: from school friends at Holy Rosary to the halls of US Congress.
He leaves behind his children, Brian Pille, Robert Pille, Danielle Her Many Horses and Jonas James Holy Rock, hunka daughter Jeanette Eagle Hawk, adopted son Bluch Fire Thunder, hunka sister, Gloria Goggles (Runs Close To Lodge) and numerous nephews, nieces, grand children and great grandchildren.
Wake Services: One night wake service will start at 4:00 PM, Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the Rockyford School Old Gymnasium in Rockyford, SD with Rosary Services at 7:00 PM.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 AM, Friday, January 18, 2019 at the Rockyford School Gymnasium in Rockyford, SD.
Officiating: Father Peter Klink, S.J. and Ms. Joyce Tibbitts
Burial Services: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Wounded Knee, SD
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD
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