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May 6, 1975 – Sunday, June 9, 2013

Service Information
Dupree Community Center in Dupree, South Dakota
Thursday, June 13th, 2013
10:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Church of Blessed Kateri
Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
All Night Wake beginning at 5

Richard James “Sugar Bear” Little Wounded, (Okish Kiyape) “Yells For Him”
Born on May 6th, 1975 in Minneapolis, MN
Began his Journey to the Spirit World June 9th, 2013 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Richard/Sugar Bear, age 38 was raised in both the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota and Minneapolis, MN. He followed his Lakota and Ojibwa traditional ways of life, he participated in Sundances and Ojibwa ceremonies. He received his Lakota name Okish Kiyape from Chief Fools Crow at a Green Grass Sundance. He was a friend to many people who will miss his loving friendship and companionship. He was a son, brother, nephew, uncle, grandson who will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate to have known him in this lifetime.

Sugar Bear is survived by his mother Ruth Mary Little Wounded, his father Rick Powers, other mom Colette Lawrence who called him “Brother Bear”, Sister Oziwa Bineshii Powers, Brothers Marlowe Clown, Jerry Clown, Leonard Little Wounded, Niizhoogabaw Wahpepah, Animikii Powers, Michael Little Wounded, Tyler Little Wounded, Michael Fellman and special sister Kate Hines. Sugar Bear has many, many loving Aunts and Uncles, Cousins, Nephews and Nieces who he loved very much and who all loved Sugar Bear very much and we will all forever hold him close in our hearts.

Rick was preceded in death by his maternal Grandparents Nathan and Flora Little Wounded, his paternal Grandparents Ray and Catherine Thiessen and many Uncles and Aunts.

An all night Traditional Wake will be held on Tuesday, June 11th beginning at 5:00 pm at Church of Gichitwaa Kateri 3045 Park Ave in Minneapolis. Services conducted by Clyde Bellecourt. On Wednesday at Sunrise, we will travel with Rick to Dupree, SD where a two night wake will be held on Wednesday and Thursday night with Burial Ceremony all at The Dupree Community Center and interment Tribal Community Cemetery in Dupree, South Dakota on Thursday, June 13th at 10:00 A.M.

Pall Bearers for Minneapolis will be Richard Powers, Animikii Powers, Oziwa Bineshii Powers, Tyler Little Wounded, Leonard Little Wounded, Michael Fellman, Norman Lawrence and Clayton Lawrence.

Pall Bearers in Dupree will be Sugar Bear’s cousins Waylon, Jill and Stacy Young Bird, Wahinkpe Luta Martinez, Fawn Little Sky, Kyle Clown, Ptan Hoksila Clown, Kacie Clown, Floyd Clown Jr., Robbie, Wanda and Dathan Little Wounded, Toni Rae and Anthony High Pipe, Carsen Little Wounded, Jeremiah Iron Moccasin, Stephanie Little Wounded, Kari and Karmen Little Wounded, Jonathan Little Wounded, Kaitlynn Little Wounded, Cherish Moran, Sophie Little Wounded, JJ Little Wounded, Rayme Little Wounded.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Rosy Simas

    I am so sorry for your loss. Rick was a wonderful person. We knew each other for many years and in recent years kept up with each others activities on Facebook.
    I will miss him dearly.

  2. Suzanne Nash

    So sorry for your loss. I will be putting my Asemaa out during his journey to the spirit world.

  3. Vikki howard

    My sincere condolences to all the family at this time. Bless you all with strength and love in the days to pass.

  4. Collin ludwig

    Dear family of my good friend Rick “Ricky” Little Wounded. I am so sorry for your loss.
    I’m grateful for his gifts of life, joy and friendship.
    I will miss him dearly.
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Peace be with you as peace was given to me.
    Bye Sugar Bear

  5. Bernadette Eagle

    I remember when “Sugar Bear’, as we called him at HOTESS…hung out with all us girls. He definitely was a great person and it sad to know he is gone. Prayers for your journey to the spirit world and prayers to your family’s loss.

  6. Melda LeClaire

    I remember you, Sugar Bear, as always smiling and laughing. We grew apart over the years but you will always be loved and missed.

  7. Raynard Petersen

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss and feel saddened to just of hear of Rick’s passing into the Spirit World. It has been years since I have seen Rick, but having worked with him and also being Native, I felt a bond with him. To me, Rick was upbeat and positive. Smiling all the time. His energy was was always good. Please know that he touched me and my life and I will miss him. Rick was special.


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