Timothy Yellow, 64, Fort Yates, ND Died August 23, 2014. Services will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Peters Catholic Church in Fort Yates.
Tim devoted his life to two special things his family and serving the healthcare needs of the people on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. From the age of twenty on, he held a variety of healthcare positions until he was force to retire due to his own health issues.
Leaving for college at the age of 17, Tim graduated from Children's Hospital of Los Angeles School of Radiology in 1969. He returned to Standing Rock and worked for a year at the public clinic/hospital in McLaughlin, SD. In 1971, he was hired at Indian Health Service (IHS) in Fort Yates as an x-ray technician. The following year he enrolled in the new Physician's Assistant program at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, graduating 1975. He continued to work at IHS until the WIC program (Woman, Infants and Children) was started and he joined the early team who established the program and were praised for the unique level of care in meeting children's needs, which were always a priority for Tim. He worked at WIC for many years until asked to assume the role as Tribal Health Director. He was a long term employee in this position. His opinion was well respected; he worked with a variety of people from senators, the state, other tribes, the CDC as well as being involved in regulatory commissions concerning national safety and terrorism issues, and early attempts to set up a national health care system during the Clinton era. Tim lobbied for a was an advocate for additional federal funding for Indian people, including; Veteran's services, SD/ND tribal healthcare funding for Standing Rock and often acted as a spokesperson for other tribes as well.
Time recieved many job offers over the years but was always faithful to Standing Rock. He was honored to be hired as the CEO/Service Unit Director IHS in 2000 and held that position until his retirement.
Tim's hobbies included gardening, eating out, being involved in family activities, having a good dog as a companion, hunting, fishing and following Vikings' football.
Tim will be deeply missed by his wife of 40 years, Jackie, children; TJ (Amanda), Bismarck, Brandon, Mandan and Lisa (Palani) Luger, Fort Yates; granddaughters, Noelle Luger and Cali Jade Yellow; brother, Steve (Joette) Fort Yates; sisters, Laurie (Lonnie) Lindteigen, Renee, Joyce and Vivan; sister-in-law, Audrey (Wayne) Nelson, brother-in-law, Randy Larson; daughter, Bobbi Jo; special cousins, Ron and Don Yellow and Carl (Denise) Ducheneaux.
Tim was preceded in death by his parents, Georgina and Art Yellow, his brother, Glen and special friends, Gary Murphy and Gary Netterville.
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