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05/26/2017 - Dr. Elgin Bad Wound Sr.

Funeral services for Dr. Elgin Bad Wound Sr. “Tasunke Kokipapi,” age 71, will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 26, 2017 at the Bad Wound Residence eight miles east of Martin, SD on Hwy. 18. Traditional Lakota services will be provided by Richard Broken Nose, Richard Moves Camp, and Rick Two Dogs.
 
Burial will be at the Taopi Sica (Bad Wound) Homeland (Ten Bar), 12 miles north of Martin, SD.
 
A two-night wake will begin at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Bad Wound Residence eight miles east of Martin, SD on Hwy. 18. 
 
Elgin was a veteran in the U.S. Army. He passed away on May 18, 2017 in Rapid City, SD.
 
Elgin was born on April 19, 1946 to Daniel Bad Wound and Julia (Monroe) Bad Wound at the Taopi Sica homeland, more famously known as Ten Bar (for the branding that was put on the horses there). He leaves us with a long history, both academically and culturally, and those who knew him were blessed by his words of wisdom and teachings across the entire community. 
 
From 1969-1971, he served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam for 15 months, where he received the Army Commendation Medal and achieved the rank of Specialist Five, before being honorably discharged. Two years later, he entered college.
 
His education stems from encouragement by elders to pursue all he could and bring back what he learned to help the Lakota Oyate. He graduated from PineRidgeHigh School in 1965, attained a Master’s of Arts degree from the University of Colorado in 1978 and accomplished further with honors by PennsylvaniaStateUniversity in 1990 with a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education.
 
Among his many accomplishments, he served as an education consultant across the Pine Ridge Reservation and beyond; he also served as Vice President from 1978-1979 for the OglalaLakotaCollege before his selection as President from 1979-1986 and 1990-1993. He played a leading role in designing and implementing the Lakol Ikce Oyate Peta Ilekiyap to promote growth of social, economic, cultural, educational, and spiritual development and work to revitalize the traditional and tribal structure, culture, philosophy and the Lakota language. Other feats include his Presidency of the American Indian High Education Consortium and various school boards. His biggest accomplishment came with his Doctorate that culminated following a presentation of his Doctoral Thesis, entitled “Leadership and American Indian Values: The Tribal College Dilemma.”
 
Elgin, Tasunke Kokipapi, with his Doctorate in Higher Education, could have worked anywhere in the United States and even other parts of the world; however, he chose to return to the people to do whatever he could to sustain the development of culture and language. He believed wholeheartedly that he could do this with the support of so many who shared his vision that the Lakota people would live long and strong and to instill in others to go forward, but always look back and remember all ancestors who got us here. Later in life, he became a leader of the “Wiwang Wacipi” (Sundance) hosting five ceremonies at the Bad Wound homeland.
 
Elgin is survived by wife of 46 years Luann Bad Wound; brother Wesley Bad Wound; sons Daniel and Derek Bad Wound; grandsons Brendan, Desmond and Jacob Bad Wound; granddaughters Michaela and Memory Bad Wound; and many nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 
Elgin was preceded in death by father Daniel Bad Wound; mother Julia (Monroe) Bad Wound; brothers Robert, James and Gary Bad Wound; sister Vera Bad Wound; and son Elgin “Canku” Bad Wound.
 
Elgin’s legacy will live on, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 
 
Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD is in charge of arrangements for Dr. Elgin Bad Wound Sr. “Tasunke Kokipapi.”

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