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Barbara Ann Omaha, “Negoni esay equay” (Leading Woman) age 79, of Burnsville Journeyed to the Spirit World on Monday, January 17th, 2022 at Fairview Ridges Hospital.

She was born on June 26, 1942 in Cass Lake, Minnesota, the daughter of Gladys (Smith) Cain and Arthur Jones.

Barbara was a proud member of Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. As was common in the Native Community, Barbara, Sharon and Jackie were raised by their maternal grandmother, Esther Smith.   At Mission Corner, Barbara experienced the start of her spiritual learning and  would go with her grandmother in the woods to pick herbal medicines to help people. Later on, Barbara continued her spiritual teachings and lifestyle by participating in Lakota ceremonies and sundance; which was a big part of her life.

Family was very important to her, especially keeping them together.

She enjoyed bingo and traveling.

Survived by seven children: Bradley Senogles, Angela (David) Bowen, Allison Senogles, Alisa (Thomas) Goodshield, Buster Senogles, Margaret Senogles and Arlana (Brandon) Omaha; thirty two grandchildren and forty one great grandchildren; Special Grand daughter Zeegwanense Martin, plus several adopted and spiritual grand and great grandchildren; nine siblings Sharon Smith, Diane (Cain) Bad Bear, Michael Cain, Thomas Cain Jr., Shirley Cain, Nancy Cain, Anna Cain, George Cain and James Jones Sr.; sister/cousin Jackie Sam; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by a son Antoine “Tony” Senogles, her parents and by siblings Suzanne Cain, Richard, Violet & Priscilla Jones and by a grandson Manuel Archambault and a great granddaughter Charley Rose Senogles.

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Shirley Marie Cain

    I am so sad about my Nemesayug (older sister) passing. She has been preparing us for this for a while. She knew already as she talked about having her quilts for her giveaway for when she passed. She certainly left her mark on this Mother Earth as shown by the projects and programs she helped to develop here in the Twin Cities area. She is a deeply spiritual person. I appreciate going to sweats with her and our Mom in the 1990’s and beyond. I have been waiting for her obit to be posted in here. My brother Mike has been too. I have no doubt, all our relatives are there to welcome her into the Spirit World. Love you, sis.

  2. Charla

    Allie, holding you tight in our prayers. Your Mom was a wonderful warrior woman and you honored her greatly throughout her life. Warmest thoughts to the rest of the family as you work through this great loss. Peaceful rest, Barbara.

  3. Brittany suttles (Harper)

    I am so sorry for this great loss to our family . I know we were never very close to this side of the family but I love you all and your in my thoughts and prayers . My deepest condolences, Give my dad a big hug for me auntie and may you rest peacefully ❤️ With love

  4. Dionne (Turtle)

    I am so sorry for this great loss. Barbara was our head woman dancer at our 4 nation’s Sundance for many of my younger years. She was always so nice, kind, funny and her smile shinned bright. Wopila Barbara. I pray your journey across the milky way is beautiful. Blessings and love to all who love her.

  5. Tim Lobato

    So sad to hear that my older sister and first Lead Woman dancer at the. Mt. Hood Sumdance has gone home.we made great memories that I will always cherish. My Prayer is that all who loved her and every one she loved will find a healthy way to mourn this great loss

  6. Tim lobato

    So very sorry to hear that my older sister and 1st read woman dancer I was privileged to dance with at the Mount Hood Sundance over the years we made some great memories today I pray get all who knew and loved her and all those that she loved find a healthy way to mourn their loss I don’t know if it will print who this is from so I’m going to tell you it’s Tim lobato


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