Charlie Colombe, Facebook photo fileCharlie Colombe
1938 ~  2013

Charlie Colombe, of Mission, South Dakota, and past president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, passed away on June 9, 2013. Our keynote speaker and a featured panelist for the 1995 Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Charlie helped us to broaden the Western Folklife Center circle to include all Native American ranchers and cowboys. His leadership and good nature were legendary. Our thoughts go to the family in this time of loss.

Listen to, or read the transcript of the keynote address,
           "Indian Cowboys - Then and Now."