Edmund “Buck Day” Little Light, Jr.

Little Light, Edmund Jr.

Edmund Little Light, Jr. “Buck Day” 95 passed to other side of camp on Monday, August 10, 2020. His Indian name Chuu’le it” Che ( A warrior who sang victory songs) was born on March 8, 1925 to Edmund and Amelia (Coyote Runs) Little Light, Sr. He was born and raised on the Little Light homestead.  He married Josephine Hill February 19, 1951 and the couple lived and raised their family in the Hardin area.  Ed was the oldest living member of the Ties the Bundle Clan and a child of the Whistling Water Clan.  

He was a man who enjoyed life to the fullest and he left a lasting impression on everyone.  He enjoyed horse racing, reading, gambling, hand games, going in sweats and traditional ceremonies.  He was adopted into the Tobacco Society by Mark and Florence Real Bird in 1967.  He considered this one of the high points of his life and was honored to be a part of such an old and sacred tradition of the Apsaalooke Nation.

Ed had a passion for gambling, horses and horse racing.  He brought to the Crow Reservation many fine horses including two of the fastest horses, Skill Joy and Burma Jet.  He loved to watch his horses race.  He also loved to play hand games. One day in 1966, he came up with the idea of a hand game tournament similar to high school basketball tournaments.  When hand game season starts next winter, all will remember Buck as the man who started it all.

In the 1960’s, Ed became involved in Crow politics.  He was elected to the position of Vice Chairman of the Crow Tribal Government and served in the administrations of John Cummins and Edison Real Bird. He was instrumental in crafting the Crow Omnibus Bill.  This bill gave mineral rights and taxes to the Crow Indian surface landowners. This Act of Congress will live on as long as there are minerals under the surface of Apsaalooke Nations.  

Buck instilled in his boys and other young men his love of horses. He was proud of the young men he helped become jockeys and team ropers.  A principle he lived by was “ get up early and work hard to get anything in life”.  He will be missed by so many.  His legacy will live on in the hearts of many.  

He is preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Hill Little Light, his children Kate White Hip, Don, Dennis and Lewis Little Light and his baby boy, Emmett Little Light.

Survivors include his children Clyde, Patricia, Edwina, Curtis and Yvon Little Light, his adopted daughter Birdie Real Bird, his adopted son David Peterson; his brothers Cornelius Little Light, Richard Real Bird and Robert Old Coyote, Jr., his sisters Lois and Carlene Crooked Arm; his grandkids Leonard, Clarissa and Teri Little Light, Emery White Hip, Kyle,Tiffany, Tex and Samantha Little Light, Yvon, Jr. Josephine and Kidd Little Light, Christie Medicine Tail, Devin Bird Hat, Gerilyn Gutierrez, Darrin Little Light, Mallory and Kim Venne, grandsons Frazer White Hip, Austin and Myron, Jr. Little Light and many other grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren,  Buck has a large family, please excuse us if we did not list everyone.  We are deeply sorry.  We want to thank everyone who brought us items we needed and helped us in so many ways. 

Graveside services will be held Friday August 14, 2020 at the Fairview Cemetery in Hardin at 10:00 am.  Bullis Mortuary is entrusted with the arrangements. 

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