Lakota Country Times: Timothy Standing Soldier passes on at 54

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Timothy Standing Soldier, 1960-2015.

Civic leader passes
By Brandon Ecoffey
Lakota Country Times Editor

RAPID CITY— Timothy Standing Soldier passed away last week after a battle with cancer.

Standing Soldier was a leader in Rapid City’s Native community and served as a member of Rapid City’s Human Relations commission. The commission was the brainchild of Rapid City’s Mayor Sam Kooiker who saw the board as an integral part of improving the Native community’s participation in city government.

"We were shocked and saddened to learn of Tim's passing," said Sue Timmons, chairwoman of the Rapid City Human Relations Commission. "He was committed to improving race relations in Rapid City and sought to make a difference through his service on the Commission. His perspective and his voice will be deeply missed by all of us."

Standing Soldier was one of seven members on the Commission. The Commission was responsible for development of a public service advertisement, community outreach efforts.

"Our deepest sympathies are with Tim’s family and friends. His efforts to improve race relations were important," said Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker to the Rapid City Journal. "He provided insightful community service."

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