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Floyd Red Crow Westerman, age 71, of Marina Del Rey, California journeyed to the Spirit World on Thursday, December 13th, 2007 at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

He was an Indian actor, singer, songwriter and advocate. He made his big screen debut in the movie Renegades (1989) and is best remembered for his role as elder/leader Ten Bear in Dances with Wolves (1990). His song like “Custer Died for Your Sins” and “BIA Blues” have helped spread the American Indian Movement’s message throughout the world.

Funeral arrangements for Floyd Red Crow Westerman are pending through The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota.

Traditional Dakota Services will be held at Tiospazina School Gymnasium in Agency Village, South Dakota.

30 Guestbook Entries

  1. Janis Sunshine Lively

    Dearest Family Members
    I am Janis Lively, a volunteer participating in an earth-wide work.
    I am truly sorry to hear about your loss, and would like to share with you the hope set out in the Bible for ones lost in death. As you probably know, death is due to Adamic sin, and our Father gave his only begotten son, our Savior Jesus Christ, so that we could live. Yes, we can look forward to seeing our loved ones resurrected to life, due to the Ransom. There are several instances in the Bible where Jesus and the prophets Elisha and Elijah resurrected persons, through empowerment by God’s holy spirit. This was done on a small scale then, but the scriptures speaks of a day when “all of those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.“ John 5: 28, 29

    This is a sure hope for our dead loved ones, and I too look forward to this grand event. Until then, heartfelt prayer to Jehovah God (Psalms 83:18) in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, can sustain us until we see them again in a resurrection to life.

    Please take care of yourselves, and again, pray incessantly to our heavenly Father. I sincerely hope that this spiritual gift is a source of encouragement to you. (Please use your Bible to read the cited scriptures.)
    With Love,

  2. Travis Fire Cloud

    well a lakota man went back to grandmother earth were he can look down
    at us people watch us walk on mother earth ontell we meet again grandpa red crow love you to the family of floyd hang in family he’s watching over you

  3. Jaime Brown & Margaret Lufkins Family

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of a wonderful man. May the spirit be with his family as well as my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Karen Birdie) Rainbow-GreyEyes

    I will miss your smile, I will miss your laugh, I will miss your humor and most of all I will miss you. My heart is aching for all who loved you my friend. I remember you saying you wanted to come in your “later years” and now you’ve come home. My condolences to your family!

  5. Jodell Crawford

    A Warrior went home. Akicita are the leaders of our Nations and I remember Floyd taking care of this responsibility with a kind heart and good words for all nations. When I met him at NCAI in California, he asked me who I was and where I came from and I told him my name and that I was Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakotah. He shook my hand and told me that we were related and to always be proud of who I was and where I came from. I will always cherish his words because they meant so much to me. My heart is sad but I know that he is with his loved ones and the creator. He made such a powerful impact in Indian Country. Prayers, good thoughts and encouragement to his family, friends and extended family. He will be missed, loved and cherished forever. Cante Itanhan Winchanku Win, Sisseton-Wapheton Dakota Winyan, Jodell Plume-Crawford

  6. Carmen Abraham

    I met Floyd many years back when he took part in the AIHEC conference held here in Bismarck,,He was a very nice man, I loved to watch him in all his movies. I’m gonna miss him..To all his family,,I will keep you in my prayers..God Bless you in this time of sorrow.

  7. Carol and Nathan Brokenrope

    We wish Red Crow the best on the next part of his journey…

  8. mr. and mrs, edward gagnon,

    may we offer our condolences to you his family.Your father was one of a kind.we will miss him .

  9. Valari Finley-Hathaway

    I am soo sorry for your loss.

  10. Jill VanEgdom

    I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Floyd Westerman. I am a great fan of his work and especially loved him in the Northern Exposure series. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  11. mylo ironbear

    Uncle I am a Better person for knowing you, I will continue to live life to it’s fullest, you have made so many proud of your music and most of all your commitment to Native Life.

  12. Kathleen Brave

    I met Floyd several times at Pow Wows in Seattle. I will always remember him with fondness. He was a good man. My sympathy goes out to his family and friends.
    Kathie Brave
    SeaTac, WA

  13. WayaNotlfi Weayaya Aseelah Catherine Ali & Family

    Brother Floyd You’re the kind of person who really enjoyed making people happy. All the ways you touched many lives of other can never be measured. Many wonder how many smiles can be traced to your countless words of encouragement and acts of kindness you gave. You will be greatly missed and all.
    Sister Waya & family



  15. kathy allen

    Thank you for being you

  16. Kim White Feather & Frank Blackwing

    Our condolences to the family. Though the great spirit has seen fit to take and welcome another special person to the other side, our hears feel that sorrow. With our sympathy and prayers. Our thoughts are with you, and to all who loved Red Crow now and in the days to come.

  17. Ron Wesdorp

    South Dakota has lost a favored son as has your Oyate.
    May Wakan Tanka welcome you home.

  18. Brenda Reeves

    I give you this one thought to keep —
    I am with you still — I do not sleep.

    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle mountain rain.

    When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift, uplifting rush
    of quiet birds in circled flight.

    I am the soft stars that shine at night.

    Do not think of me as gone —

    I am with you still — in each new dawn.

    ~Author Unknown To Me

    Such a beautiful soul and great man, our state – South Dakota – was so very proud of. Red Crow touched many and will continue to touch many.

    My prayers go out to Red Crow’s family.

  19. Roger Albertson & Maxine Longcrow

    We were at the park in Flandreau about 3 years ago when he got up and sang. He visited with us and signed a picture for us. He was such a nice man. Are prayers are with the family and friends. Sincerely, Rog & Max

  20. Marjorie Hinojosa

    My condolences on the loss of American Indian icon. My prayers and blessings to the family of Mr Floyd Red Crow Westerman. The American Indians have lost a fine example. May the Creator bless and keep you and your family at this most grievious time.

  21. Lorene Veatch

    I knew Floyd during our time at NSU, although he might not remember me. I always found him very friendly and liked him very much and it was fun to watch his career. I would have liked to be able to visit with him again. Lorene Veatch

  22. Arlene Schley Elliott

    Floyd and I became friends at Northern State University when we were students there. We kept in touch for serveral years and I will always treasure my memories. My deepest sympathy to his family.


    For my PEOPLE;

    Thank you Floyd for your behind the scenes Screen Actors Guild for my PEOPLE

    my Dad Honorable Mr. Joseph Clarence White Jr./III, his father Napa Joe, Uncle Festus, Robert(Bobert) White, Napashneeduta, Tateyuskanskan, Raymond Quinn wife Anna White-Quinn, the Dakota Warriors of 1963 until their…..deaths

    One can be so greatful and yet THANK YOU is all I can say.

  24. John Holum

    My condolences to all of us who admired and loved Floyd so much that his passing leaves a pain that is not only emotional but actually physical too. We became pals more than forty years ago, in college, and in all the decades since – sharing music, causes, sailing, stories, softball, conversations in person and late at night by phone, and most of all laughter – he was an endless source of joy. He compelled us to comprehend the sad tale of the treatment of Native Americans by what he sang and said, but even more by who he was and how he lived, an activist who was not angry, a militant who never felt malice. Above all, he was a relentless friend, and my heart aches at the loss.

  25. James Lawler

    Rest in peace & God bless.

  26. Bonnie Wallace

    My friend for over 30 years has walked on and I can only be grateful for the time he spent with my family – especially when my youngest sister was battling breast cancer. He came, gave her her Indian name, did healing and preparation ceremony for her. He absolutely loved my mother who passed away last year. They shared many many good stories and laughs especially about Minnesota walleye and the old fish camps. Floyd, was one of a kind and all though his life he touched thousands of people. He is with the Creator now……….hope he can handle him!!

  27. Teresa Necklace Campbell

    On behalf of my brothers and sisters, I would like to express my condolences to your family. I remember going to camp at Tonka Bay by Waubay and Floyd would sing at the campfire and tell ghost stories. It was a great memory that I will cherish. My sympathy goes out to you during this mourning period. My family and I will be praying for you and your family. pidamaya – peace.

  28. Comet Haraldson

    I met Floyd in Vermillion, South Dakota, at one of his performances at the University of South Dakota. He was on stage, playing the guitar and singing. I invited him over to our house afterwards and he came. We fed him, and had a couple of drinks, and he played and sang some more songs. I was a guitar player too and so we all sort of joined in, singing and playing together. He was not an egocentric prima donna: he seemed to enjoy everyone joining in and sharing the music. This was back in the middle ’70’s, and he was a very imposing and impressive man: tall, rock-bottom deep voice, an eye for the ladies but very respectful, and he had a very attractive manner. A real gentleman in the old fashioned sense. I am sorry to see him go as I recently thought of Floyd and that nite in Vermillion, talking to him, and playing music, and just enjoying being in his presence.
    Comet Haraldson, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.`

  29. Tammy Davidson

    WaDo for all you have done for the Native People. The Family is in my Thoughts & Prayers. I would of liked to of met him, a Friend of mine let me hear his cd to Johnny Cash it was really good, My Friend said he went to school with Floyd his name is Art Norquay I know he sends his condolencese to. God Bless & Mitakuye Oysain

  30. Heather Carlson

    My Grandfather was a wonderful man!! He is going to be greatly missed by many people in this country, actually this world!! I came to his service from Texas and it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever been too!! I miss him so much but I know he is looking down on me and everybody else!!

    LOVE YOU GRANDPA!! Until we meet again!


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