LODGE GRASS — Winona Plenty Hoops, 94, of Lodge Grass, matriarch of the Crow Tobacco Society, moved to the other side camp, March 6, 2012.
Iittaashtexaaliash "Old Dress" was born May 12, 1917, in Wyola, a daughter of Robert and Clara Spotted Horse Yellowtail Sr. The Crow scout Whiteman Runs Him and his wife, Mary, raised her. She grew up in Wyola and received her education in Lodge Grass. She married Oliver Hugs and the couple later divorced. She married Hugh Plenty Hoops on Feb. 18, 1949, in Billings and the couple made their home in Lodge Grass.
She was a homemaker, who was known for her doll making and beading. She was the last member of the Crow Tribe to fashion her own buckskin, from tanning to a finished product. Because of her upbringing, she was told numerous cultural, ceremonial, religious histories and herbal medicines of the Crow people. She was once referred to as the best fry bread maker on the Reservation. Winona was one of the last Crow women to dress in a traditional manner. She enjoyed dancing and parading in her traditional outfits.
Winona was the first Crow woman to have a handmade doll displayed in the Smithsonian Museum. She was the Keeper of the Sacred Seed for the Tobacco Society, a Tobacco Society member, was of the Greasy Mouth Clan and was a Whistling Water child.
Her parents, husband, brother Jiggs Yellowtail, and sisters Marjorie Yellowtail and Joy Toineeta preceded Winona in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Pansy Hugs and Merle Jean Harris; her sons, Oliver Hugs Jr., Kenneth (Patricia) Toineeta, Franklin Plenty Hoops, Truman (Ella) Jefferson, Jack Old Horn, Butch (Glenda) Jellis, Reuben (Kathleen) Yellowtail, Gilbert (Shirleen) Glenn and Gordon (Sandy) McDougal; her adopted children, Winona Joy and Edwin H. Plenty Hoops; her sisters, Lorena Walks Over the Ice, Anita Morin, Laura He Does It and Mary Helen Medicine Horse; numerous grandchildren, great-grand- and great-great-grandchildren, of which there are eight sets of twins and one NFL football player. Numerous extended families also survive her.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 9, in the Crow Agency Spirit of Life Foursquare Church. Interment will follow in the Lodge Grass Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.