indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+
ph: 202 630 8439   fax: 202 318 2182
Kill The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Native Sun News: Charlie Colombe, Rosebud Sioux, passes

Filed Under: National
More on: charles colombe, native sun news, obituaries, rosebud sioux, south dakota
   

The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Managing Editor. All content © Native Sun News.


Charlie Colombe

Accident claims Charlie Colombe
Indian Country loses one of its greats
By Brandon Ecoffey
Native Sun News Managing Editor

ROSEBUD — Indian Country lost one if it’s most innovative and progressive thinkers this past weekend. Charles Colombe, former president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, was killed in an ATV accident while chasing livestock near Rosebud.

Colombe was a rancher, retired bronc rider, businessman, and politician who never shied away from tough decisions or an opportunity to stand up for what he believed in. Lionel Bordeaux, President or Sinte Gleska University at Rosebud praised Colombe for his out of the ordinary ability to think through tough issues.

“Indian country lost its greatest mind. Charlie always made sense and whenever we had a real hard problem to solve we could always call on him. I guess we can call on him spiritually from now on,” said Bordeaux.

Lynn Rapp, Oglala Lakota, Investment Manager for Eagle Opportunity said of her friend, “It makes me very sad; always loved that man. What a character... There never was a deal he didn't like! He was my friend and my neighbor.”

Charlie grew up on his family’s ranch located on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. In his early years he participated in the professional rodeo circuit as a bronc rider. He attended Todd County School, St. Francis Mission, and Sinte Gleska University. From 2004-2006 Charlie served as the Treasurer of the National Indian Gaming Association and President of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe from 2003-2005.

In addition to being a civil servant Colombe was one of the more successful businessmen in all of Indian country. In 1999 he and his son Wesley Colombe developed AllStop Inc. one of the largest employers on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. He was President and CEO of B.B.C. Entertainment INC that specialized in casino management.

“Charlie Colombe was very astute and adept in different arenas – rodeo, education, agriculture, economic development, tribal government, and business,” said Phil Baird, former Sinte Gleska University vice president who worked on the Colombe Ranch as a teenager. “But he was always about helping people, Tribal and non-Tribal, and especially youth and those folks down on their luck. In so many ways, Indian Country lost a great leader,” Baird said. “Some will only remember him as a politician or as a cowboy-businessman. I’ll remember Charlie as a great teacher, by sharing knowledge and by example. He more than once reminded us kids ‘school is always in session.”

Tim Giago, retired newspaper publisher, upon hearing how Charlie climbed off of the ground, stood the ATV on its wheels, and then climbed back on again before passing out said, “That was Charlie. He was one tough cowboy and I’m sure his reflexes led him to climbing back on that ATV just like he always climbed back on a bronc when he was thrown.”

Giago recalled, “One time Charlie and I had dinner at the old Alex Johnson in Rapid City on a Friday night and the next day, Saturday, we attended a meeting at Crazy Horse Memorial and Charlie introduced me. He said, ‘I had dinner with Tim last night and since it was Friday, and I’m an old St. Francis boy and Tim’s an old Holy Rosary boy, we both ordered the fish.’”

“That was Charlie, a great guy, a solid businessman and a great friend and he will really be missed,” said Giago.

Wake services will be held on Wednesday evening on June 12, at the Sinte Gleska Multi-purpose building in Mission/Antelope and Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Sinte Gleska Multi-purpose building at Mission/Antelope on Thursday, June 13. Burial will follow at the Charles Colombe Ranch east of Mission. Funeral arrangements are provided by the Rooks Funeral Chapel in Mission. You may call 605-856-2702 for more information.

(Contact Brandon Ecoffey at staffwriter2@nsweekly.com)

Copyright permission by Native Sun News


Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Tim Giago: An independent candidate awakens 'Party' zombies (9/22)
Mark Trahant: Huge crowd turns out for People's Climate March (9/22)
Doug George-Kanentiio: All children are gifts from the Creator (9/22)
Native Sun News: Native women take stand against violence (9/22)
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe heads into election (9/22)
Navajo Nation to announce trust fund settlement this Friday (9/22)
S.E. Ruckman: A remarkable day with arrival of Cobell checks (9/22)
Jon Tester: Bill protects Special Diabetes Program for Indians (9/22)
Ron Allen: Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe keeps workers engaged (9/22)
Dante Desiderio: Working together to address tribal tax issue (9/22)
Vena A-dae Romero: Asserting sovereignty through our food (9/22)
Mark Rogers: Leadership in Native America is at a crossroads (9/22)
Dave Lundgren: BIA must take a closer look at rights-of-way (9/22)
Peter d'Errico: Video uses humor to battle racist NFL mascot (9/22)
Opinion: Racist sports mascots preserve 'imaginary' Indians (9/22)
Justice Sotomayor studied Indian law after joining top court (9/22)
House subcommittee holds hearing on bill for Hualapai Tribe (9/22)
Colville Tribes participate in repatriation ceremony in Canada (9/22)
Shinnecock Nation tightens regulation of tobacco businesses (9/22)
Forest County Potawatomi Tribe won't share casino revenue (9/22)
Coeur d'Alene Tribe can't offer poker games pending appeal (9/22)
Lytton Band might purchase property next to gaming facility (9/22)
Nottawaseppi Huron Band reopens casino after electrical fire (9/22)
Guilty verdict in robbery of Saginaw Chippewa casino winner (9/22)
Editorial: Poarch Creek gaming deal deserves consideration (9/22)
Native Sun News: Tribes united against Keystone XL Pipeline (9/19)
Regina Brave: The earth that once was will soon be no more (9/19)
Chelsey Luger and Gyasi Ross: A conversation about suicide (9/19)
Cobell settlement checks being cashed across Indian Country (9/19)
Congress passes measure for tribal general welfare programs (9/19)
Native Sun News: US Senate candidates debate Native issues (9/18)
Cobell settlement checks landing in Indian Country mailboxes (9/18)
Sen. Walsh welcomes arrival of last Cobell settlement payout (9/18)
Rep. Daines praises House action on tribal general welfare bill (9/18)
Winnebago attorney joins BIA as a deputy assistant secretary (9/18)
NWIFC schedules briefing on 'Treaty Rights 101' on Capitol Hill (9/18)
Norbert Hill: It's past time to drop the Washington NFL mascot (9/18)
Peter d'Errico: Connecting mascots to racism and termination (9/18)
Opinion: Eliminating NFL team's racist mascot is just the start (9/18)
Student newspaper punished over refusal to print the R-word (9/18)
Officer investigated for 'drunk uneducated animals' comment (9/18)
9th Circuit rules against Chemehuevi Tribe in land deed case (9/18)
Mashable: Oglala Sioux man still pushing MazaCoin currency (9/18)
City won't allow vote on Tohono O'odham Nation casino plan (9/18)
9th Circuit poses tough questions in Big Lagoon casino case (9/18)
North Fork Rancheria banks on voter approval of casino deal (9/18)
KBIC judge dismisses lawsuit challenging plan for new casino (9/18)
Oneida Nation concerned about location of commercial casino (9/18)
Mashantucket Tribe's gaming executive to resign next month (9/18)
Column: Time for Mohegan Tribe to show its hand over casino (9/18)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.