Veltina Minerva (White Dog) Dupris

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Funeral services for Veltina Minerva (White Dog) Dupris “Tina Jo”, age 74 of Green Grass, S.D. was at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at the H.V. Johnston Cultural Center in Eagle Butte, S.D.  Reverend Gerald Yellow Hawk, Reverend Asa Wilson, Pastor Moses Havo, Reverend Norman Blue Coat and Lay Reader Leroy Bobtail Bear officiated with burial at 3:00 p.m. at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota under the direction of Stout Funeral Home of Mobridge, S.D.

The was an all night wake service starting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2014.  The family gathered at 4:00 p.m. at the 4 mile junction and followed in the procession.

Veltina passed away on January 22, 2014, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, S.D. from complications associated with a major stroke.    Veltina was the second born fraternal twin to Abraham & Marian (High Elk) White Dog, with her twin sister Velma Lillian (White Dog) Hawk Eagle being the first born.  The family’s nickname for them was “chekpa’s”.  Veltina was born in Green Grass, S.D.  She is the second oldest of four children:  Sisters-Velma L. Hawk Eagle, Amelia B. (White Dog) Larrabee (deceased), Brother-Morris Egna (deceased). She lived her childhood in Green Grass, and cherished her father until his death; to which she made it a standard in her life to teach that a father is important in a child’s life.  She was raised by her grandmother, learning our traditions and the values of a strong Lakota woman.  She captured and demonstrated – Wacantognka/Generosity, Wa o’hola/Respect, Wa on’sila/Caring-Kindness to which she is known for today.  Her heart was filled with love and compassion, helping raise her siblings.  She attended school at the Old Agency. Veltina married David Raymond “Buddy Boo” Dupris Sr. on August 8, 1969, and to this union they were blessed with three children:  Joseph Gilbert, Nancy Ann and David Raymond Jr., they also fostered a young man; Neil Herberling Chaske and a hunka daughter; Annette Wilson-Peter.  Veltina was also blessed with four granddaughters:  Sheridan, Mariam, Rikkee ans Sabrina, and three grandsons:  Adonis, Brent and Tyler. She was an exceptional role model, lead by example, in her daily life she was the best wife to “Buddy Boo”; wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, sister/sister-in-law and friend.  While raising her children she performed her duties diligently and steadfast, duties which ranged from a homemaker to a ranch hand, a true blooded pioneer woman with a touch of class – always willing to lend a helping hand in any way.  Her motherly duties reached out to many, her nieces and nephews; treating them as her own. This was never more evident when the opportunity came to help teach our Lakota ways to a young man, Neil Herberling Chaske, by our ways he became her son and in 1997 she adopted Annette Wilson-Peter as her hunka daughter.  Veltina was known for her very caring nature and she never refused anyone who needed her help.  She was always proud of her children and grandchildren and everyone who shared their accomplishments with her. Veltina was an active member in the Green Grass UCC Congregational Church in Green Grass, S.D.  She spent most of her time doing the things she loved to do, such as beading, sewing, traveling, planting a garden, taking care of her horses, but most of all she enjoyed the company of her family and friends. Veltina is survived by her twin sister, Velma Hawk Eagle, Joseph Gilbert (Leanna Tashquinth-Dupris), Nancy Ann (Terrick Begay), and David Raymond (Colette Brown Otter), Grandchildren: Sheridan, Mariam, Adonis, Rikkee, Sabrina, Brent, Tyler & Deitra, Special nieces; Lynnette (Larrabee) Lovejoy, Kathy (Larrabee) Silk, Kim, Rhea, Pamela and Desideria.  Special Nephews: Loren, Delwayne “Poncho”, Richard, Arlen, Merlin, Kenneth “Bobcat”, Alvin, Steven, Maury, Dale and Mark, and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren & great grandchildren. Veltina was preceded in death by her parents, father Abraham White Dog, Mother Marian (High Elk) Egna, Stepfather Martin Egna, Sister Amelia Bernice Larrabee, Brother Morris Egna and Husband David “Bud” R. Dupris Sr., Nieces: Delberta, Connie, Linda and Rosemary.

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