Howard Shane

Our hearts broke on September 10, 2020 when Lichiiliikash xalaaxxee (Thin Elk), a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather left us and entered the other side camp.  Howard Bruce “Buckeye” Shane, 73, was born on December 30, 1946 in Crow Agency, Montana to the late Dorothy Holds the Enemy (Jefferson) and the late Jesse Phillip Shane.  He received his name from the late Joe Hill before he was born.  He was a member of the Bad War Deeds Clan and Child of Greasy Mouth clan.  He was adopted in Tobacco Society by Louise Three Irons.  Howard was a direct descendant of Chief Pretty Eagle.

Howard grew up in Crow Agency and St. Xavier, Montana.  Howard was fortunate to be raised by different family at different points in his life.  His aunt, Dorothy Shane, adopted Howard as an infant and he lived in Washington state.  He later lived with his uncle and aunt John and Agnes Holds the Enemy in Crow Agency and with William and Agnes Little Owl in St. Xavier, eventually returning to live with his mother Dorothy Holds the Enemy.  One of Howard’s fondest childhood memories was when he was named “Handsomest Guy” in 6th grade at St. Xavier Day School. He often bragged about this to his grandchildren.  He graduated from Hardin High School in 1965. He later attended and graduated from Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas in 1967. Howard played basketball throughout high school and at Haskell and was runner-up for Athlete of the Year in 1966. Howard was a hard worker at every job and he made sure he enjoyed his work. He worked at the Crow Carpet Mills and eventually worked for the Crow Tribal Courts for over 30 years.  

His favorite past times included organizing youth basketball and independent basketball tournaments, hosting rodeos at his arena in Benteen, Montana, training thoroughbred and quarter horses.  Howard received prestigious awards for his livestock and his outstanding horse training abilities.  A few of his championship racehorses included; Big Cinder, Green River Jim, Petzel and Respectfully Judy, just to name a few.  He also enjoyed traveling to powwows across the U.S. and Canada with his family. It was through these extensive travels that he adopted many more into his family. During his powwowing days, he served as Arena Director or Head Dance Judge for powwows such as Red Earth at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Denver March Powwow, Stanford University Powwow at Palo Alto, California, Seminole Tribal Fair at Hollywood, Florida, Memphis, Tennessee, Grand Prairie, Texas and INFR Powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Howard was known for his sincere hospitality when his many family and friends came to Crow Fair or stopped in on their way to the next powwow.  He did not hesitate to host numerous championship drum groups on their travels.   Howard was a dedicated Hardin High School sports fan.  He enjoyed following his grandchildren while they were playing basketball, volleyball, football, or running cross country.     

Howard was preceded in death by his mother, his father, his sister Gladys Jefferson; his brothers Earl Biss and Isaac Birdinground. 

Howard is survived by his wife Vivian Shane, his Haskell sweetheart and love of his life for 55 years; his children, Kenny (Joann) Shane, Kaylene (Roger) Red Wolf, Melissa (Marcus) Red Thunder, Sr; his grandchildren, Lance (Britney) Shane, Tasha (Tone Tonez) Phelan, Natosi Summers, Nat’aani Holds the Enemy, Pierce Red Thunder, Kody, Konnolly, Kevin, Kenny Shane, Jr, Starla, Shyla and Romeo Red Wolf and Shawn Pasqueyak; his great-grandchildren KaiReace Birdinground and Dezirae Beaumont, his sister Sandra (Myron Shield); his brothers, Kenneth (Fanny) Plenty and Ricky Birdinground, his uncle David Stewart, Sr; his nephews Myron “Jojo” (Michelle) Shield, Jr, Lonnie Shield, Jeremy (Robin) Shield, Lenny (Paula) Plenty, Acorn (Anastasia) Holds the Enemy; his nieces Rhonda “Powwow” Jefferson, Hattie Sue Plenty Hoops and Jovonna Plenty, his adopted sister JoNeda Sage, his adopted daughter Renee Hamilton-Alexander; his adopted son Tim (Karen) Fox and his adopted brother Joe Frink; 

his extended families include Holds the Enemy, Shane, Stewart and Little Owl.  Our family is large, please forgive us if we have omitted any family in our time of grief.  

Visitation Monday, September 14 from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Bullis Funeral Chapel.

Masks are required and only 10 people at a time.

Funeral Services are Tuesday, September 15 at 10:00 AM at the Crow Agency Grandstands. Burial will follow at the Shane Family Cemetery.

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