George Randy Real Bird, Jr.

George Randy Real Bird, Jr., 67, of St. Xavier rode to the Other Side Camp on August 19, 2019 at the Big Horn Hospital. Kunnaaluuo (One They Come After) was a member of the Bad War Deeds Clan and a child of the Whistling Water Clan. He was born on August 23, 1951 in Crow Agency, Montana to George and Ramona (Falls Down) Real Bird, Sr. He was a descendant of Long Otter, Arrow Point and Medicine Crow. He was raised at the family home in Garryowen, Montana. He married Raphaelle (Hedoesit) Real Bird in 1998 in Sheridan, Wyoming and the couple made their home in the Big Horn Valley.
He participated in the Crow, Arapahoe, and Rosebud Sioux Sundance and lived his Apsaalooke spirituality which included fasting, prayer and sweat lodge. He was a member of the Roman Catholic and Native American Churches.
As a boy, Randy was a Padlock Ranch Cowboy working alongside his dad whom was the remuda wrangler. Randy was a full-force cowboy. He was a talented roper who once entered two team roping events winning first, second, third, and fourth place all which were held on the same day. He was a pick up man and at one time, he rode saddle bronc with his Real Bird brothers. He worked for the Melvin Small Ranch and many other ranches. In 1979, he qualified in the team roping at the 1979 Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR). Recently in 2017, he qualified for the INFR Sr. Pro Breakaway. He was the 1980 Crow Fair Rodeo Manager and served as the president for the Northern Plains Indian Rodeo Association (NPIRA). He traveled the rodeo circuit and had been a member of Northern Rodeo Association, NPIRA, Great Plains (GPIRA), United Indian (UIRA), and Rocky Mountain (RMIRA) Indian rodeo associations. He, along with his cousin Clarence Three Irons, first started the Valley of the Chiefs Fourth of July Annual Rodeo for the Lodge Grass District. Randy had a good eye for horses and won many horse races at Crow Fair, Gillette’s Energy Downs, Rock Springs, Casper, Miles City, and other race meets.
A 1970 graduate of Lodge Grass High School, Randy went onto complete many certificates, licenses, and a degree. He completed heavy equipment training in Portland, Oregon, truck driving school in Ft. Collins, Colorado and was a 2011 Little Big Horn College graduate in addictions counseling. He worked at the Sarpy Coal Mine for eleven years. He was a licensed crane operator at several construction sites which included him building theoriginal Sun Lodge Motel and Crow/Northern Cheyenne IHS Hospital. He had many jobs as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator. Most recently, he worked for the Crow Nation Wellness/Recovery Center as an addictions counselor, mentor, and advocate for those in recovery.
Randy shared his love for horses and Indian Cowboy way of life with his children—Cecile and George, and grandchildren Josiah, Blake, Iichiin, and Ali. They all rode horses from an early age in rodeo, ranchwork out in the hills, and parade.
He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents— Mark and Florence (Medicine Tail) Real Bird and Raymond and Elsie (Other Medicine) Falls Down, Sr., and brothers Arnold and Blaine Real Bird.
Survivors include his wife Raphaelle; his daughter Cecile Real Bird; his sons George Real Bird, III, Holland Plain Feather, and Monte Kills Night; grandchildren Josiah and Blake Real Bird, Steven, Jr., Ali, and Chayce Littlewhiteman, Iichiin, Highnest and Latrell Bellymule; his brother Ed (Francine) Real Bird; his sisters Dora Kay Falls Down, Susan Real Bird and Doris Plain Feather; his uncles and aunts Merle Big Medicine, Charlie, Margo and Laura Real Bird, Blaine Falls Down, Violet Other Medicine and Joe Pickett; his nephews and nieces Lander, Jared, Arnold Christian, Angel and Shantel. His extended family members include the Real Bird, Falls Down, Little Light, Moccasin, Other Medicine, Medicine Tail, Birdinground, Picket and Fire Bear families; as well as his special friends Max, Jerry, and Melvin Small, Howard Shane, Clyde Little Light, Gilford Seestheground, Kirby Bromle, Gilford Birdinground, Sr., and Shane Riley. He had a large family and many friends; if we have missed anyone, please accept our apology in our time of grief.
Funeral Liturgy Thursday, August 22 at 10:00 AM at the St. Dennis Catholic Church in Crow Agency, Montana.  Interment to follow at the Crow Agency Cemetery. Rosary Wednesday, August 21 at 3:00 PM at the Bullis Funeral Chapel. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangemets

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