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DUNMORE - Ethel Big Medicine, Isba'ashoXi'assaash, 65, of Dunmore, passed away Monday, May 19, 2003, in the Awekualawaache Care Center following an extended illness.

She was born Aug. 4, 1938, in Crow Agency, a daughter of Edward and Florida House Big Medicine. She was raised and received her education in Crow Agency. She worked for the carpet mill in Crow Agency from 1960 to 1978. Ethel attended Little Big Horn College, being one of the first to receive her Associate of Arts Degree in business, graduating in the spring of 1984. She began working at the college as the student registrar for 18 years, retiring due to ill health in 1998.

Ethel was an inspiration in starting the Indian club at the Little Big Horn College and she was a leader in their activities every year. She participated in the celebration of the accreditation in 1990, when the faculty and staff performed the Retrieving of the War Bonnets Ceremony. She was continually instrumental in the sponsorship of the very important Daytime Tail Feather ceremony of the Black Lodge District.

Although Ethel never married, she dedicated her life to her family, career and her adopted son, Morton Big Medicine.

Her brother, Silas Big Medicine; and one sister, Maxine Big Medicine, preceded Ethel in death.

She is survived by her adopted son, Morton Big Medicine; two sisters, Donna Dawes and Marietta Big Medicine; one brother, Walter Big Medicine; three adopted sisters, Frances Pretty Paint, Glenda Morrison and Dessie Old Horn; one granddaughter, Tamara Rose Big Medicine of Billings; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her extended relatives include the House and Old Horn families.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at the Crow Agency Multi-Purpose Building. Interment will follow in the Crow Agency Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary of Hardin has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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