Grandmother (Unci)
Beatrice Weasel Bear

May 12, 1927 ~ March 18, 2016

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the Star Journey of Grandmother (Unci) Beatrice Weasel Bear, matriarch of our Sundance in the sacred Black Hills and original member of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.
We offer our prayers of condolences and comfort to all of the Long Visitor Holy Dance and Weasel Bear families. May we all be blessed with strength and courage in honoring our dear Unci Beatrice as she walks on to her home with the Great Creator.

We know that she is smiling and rejoicing in her final journey home to Creator to be with all our relatives on the other side.
Unci Beatrice touched the lives of many people around the world, within her family and in her tribal circle. She was a strong prayerful woman. She would always say, "All we have is our prayer, prayer must come first before you do anything. Always offer a prayer. That way everything will be good."
Beatrice Grace Weasel Bear was born on May 12, 1927 in Slim Buttes, SD, to Rex, Sr. and Antonia (Sierra) Long Visitor Holy Dance. Beatrice made her journey to the Spirit World on March 18, 2016, at the Pine Ridge I.H.S. Hospital in Pine Ridge, SD.
Beatrice began her work with the Oglala Sioux Tribe in 1975 as a Community Health Representative and worked under the leadership of Margie Mills-Morgan and Geraldine High Wolf-Janis. After serving as a CHR Representative for many years, she retired in 1995.

After one month of retirement, Beatrice then took on delivering medicine to our Oglala Relatives throughout the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She worked with the State of South Dakota and the Field Health I.H.S. Nursing. She worked with every age; she took medicine to everyone from a 2-year-old young boy to elderly men and women. She loved her work and was acknowledged for her service many times by the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
In 2004, Grandmother Beatrice began her a journey with other spiritually powerful women in a group called the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. These 13 women were from all over the world. She traveled to pray at their homelands, among those places were, Mazatec-Mexico (Grandmother, Julieta Casimiro), Tamang, Nepal (Grandmother Aama Bombo), Tibetan (Grandmother Tsering Dolma Gyaltong), Brazilian Rainforst (Grandmother, Maria Alice Campos Freire), Northern Cheyenne Reservation, (Grandmother Margaret Behan-Red Spider Woman), Hopi-Havasupai (Grandmother Mona Polacca), Black Hills, SD (Grandmother Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance-Tipi Ska Win), Japan (Grandmother, Clara Shinbou Iura), Mayan-Nicaragua, New Mexico (Grandmother Flordemayo), Yu’pik, Alaska (Grandmother Rita Pitka Blumenstein), Takelma Siletz (Grandmother Agnes Pilgrim), Omyene-Gabon, Africa (Grandmother Bernadette Rebienot), and Black Hills, SD (Grandmother, Beatrice Weasel Bear-Wahpe Tu Win).

Two evening wake service will be held beginning tonight, Tuesday, March 22, at the Brother Rene Hall in Oglala, SD, and the second night starting at the Beatrice Weasel Bear Residence in Slim Buttes at 5 pm, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Funeral Services: 10 am, Thursday, March 24, at the Beatrice Weasel Bear Residence in Slim Buttes, SD. Officiating: Rev. Kirk Fool Bull and Rev. Roger Bruce
Burial Services: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Slim Buttes, SD

88 DAYS FROM TODAY:  Time is moving quickly. Tree Day, June 17th, is exactly 88 days from today. Click here for our Sun Dance Tree Day timer.

Together we are privileged to join together each summer in the Sacred Black Hills and pray for the people. Wopila for your prayers and your positive energy. Please keep our beloved Grandmother Beatrice in your heart and prayers on her sacred journey home to Creator. Wasaka enaun my brothers and sisters / stay strong. See you soon.

                                                                  Bill Arena