June 27 declared Pete Longbrake Day
Tiffany Haynes Reed
June 27 was declared Pete Longbrake Day. Longbrake turned 80 and more than 125 family members and friends came to celebrate with him. Thirty-seven of the best broncs in the country were bucked and 15 cowboys and once cowgirl got on for a ride.
“He’s done a lot for the community,” said Keckler, Tribal Chairman. “It’s a pretty fitting way for him to celebrate his birthday.”
Pete Longbrake, Johnny Holloway, and Bud Longbrake provided the bucking broncs. Several past rodeo legends were in attendance.
“I thought it was pretty nice his family did that for him,” said Kevin Keckler.
All of Longbrake’s children were there to celebrate along with several of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The group stopped to listen as Tribal Chairman Kevin Keckler read the following proclamation:
Whereas, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is an unincorporated Tribe of Indians, having accepted the provisions of the Act of June 18, 1934 (Stat. 984); and
Whereas, the Tribe, in order to establish its Tribal organization; to conserve its Tribal property; to develop its common resources; and to promote the general welfare of its people, has ordained and established a Constitution and By-Laws; and
Whereas, Delbert F. (Pete) Longbrake is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and whose Lakota name is Wiyaka Wicasa (Feather Man) was born to Delbert and Marietta (Bridwell) Longbrake on Rattlesnake Creek on June 27, 1932; and
Whereas, Pete (as he is known by) grew up in rural Ziebach County and attended Cheyenne River Boarding School, graduating from High School in 1950; and
Whereas, Pete was married to Faye Nordvold on August 17, 1958; they were married in the arena, following the Days of 1910 in Timber Lake, SD. They had four children, Delbert, Jake, Bud, and Charlie. He enjoys spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids; and
Whereas, Pete became a successful Rancher, owned, operated and was Post master of the store in Cherry Creek, as well as competing and providing stock for rodeos. He served as a commissioner for Ziebach County for 25 years. Pete started C&L Rodeo Company with partner Lee Crowser in 1969. In 1989 with the passing of Lee, it became Longbrake Rodeos. He enjoys working the youth, 4H and High School contestants in promoting rodeo. He donated a lot of time and effort in this endeavor. He also, along with his friend, the late Jess Knight, coached the local boxing club to many championships; and
Whereas, Pete is very modest about his rodeo career as a contestant and as a stock contractor. He won many championships, raised outstanding bucking stock with many being named Horse of the Year in both saddle bronc and bareback events. To name a few: Wolf, CT Roan, Yellow Rose, #10 Dakota, Black Kettle, Brown Jug, Pistol Pete, and Stetson. As a stock contractor he’s been active in local area rodeos and in the NRCA/SDRA and INFR Rodeo Associations; and
Whereas, Pete is a Cowboy and Gentleman and is well known throughout his travels. He is very liked and respected and always makes time to stop and visit, sometimes making him a little late for his destination; so
Therefore be it proclaimed, that the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe hereby wishes to honor Delbert F. (Pete) Longbrake on his 80th Birthday to express our gratitude and appreciation to him in a manner befitting the Lakota Nation and hereby proclaims Wednesday, June 27, 2012 as: Delbert F. (Pete) Longbrake Day!
“It was an honor to go out there and read that to him,” said Keckler.