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09/02/2013 13:12

... Darrell New Plenty Stars' Memorial Services ...

<<< Darrell New Plenty Stars, 66, closed his eyes in sleep on Saturday night, August 10, 2013, to awaken with his Lord and Savior, Jesus, before morning dawned. The first words Darrell likely heard upon awaking may well have been: “Well done, good and faithful servant! (Matthew 25:21)


Funeral services were held in Pine Ridge, SD, at Billy Hills Hall, on August 17, 2013. Three pastors officiated: Abraham Tobacco, Pedro Sharpfish, and Keith Rich.


Pallbearers were: Patrick Two Bulls, Darren Yellow Boy, James LaPointe, Renaldo Two Bulls, Kleo Warner, Lee Warner, Shawn Archilta, Alex White Plume, Jr., and Eric Mintun. Burial services followed at Wolf Creek Community Cemetery, Wolf Creek, South Dakota.


Darrell is survived by his wife; Evelyn Rose New of Pine Ridge, SD; Darrell New Jr. and Nada Archilta, both of Rapid, City, SD; April Little Brave of Wheatland, WY; Marella Burch of Casper, WY; and four grandchildren.



11/04/2008 10:00

"From the Flames of Wounded Knee to the Center of God's Will", released October, 2008 by Xulon Press, may be purchased directly from the PUBLISHER at their toll free number: 866-909-2665

Single or small quanties of the 140 page book retail for $14.99 (plus shipping and handling). Larger orders may be discounted. Book stores receive a special discount. You can also go to the publisher's website by typing in into your browser, or by calling the tole free number above. is selling the book at a discount. While Darrell New Plenty Stars receives less then half the royalty from Amazon as from his publisher he is more interested is getting the book into the hands of the reading public than in making money. He noted he and his wife, Rose, have long become accustomed to living without on the reservation, adding...  "This is God's book, to do with as He pleases."


10/27/2008 13:30

Autobiography by Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Pastor, Descendent of Lakota Warriors, Explores His Amazing Journey from Hopelessness to Victory In Christ

AUGUST, 2013. on the "WHAT'S HAPPENING" PAGE, also mentions DARRELL NEW PLENTY STARS' Homegoing...

09/01/2008 11:37

What Became of Lost Bird

As the little girl grew she was paraded before whites as a special attraction, later appearing in the 1915 Panama Pacific Exhibition in San Francisco. (It should be noted that General Colby, who later became Assistant Attorney General of the U.S., arrived after the massacre to claim his “war trophy”.) The story is a long tragic tale of a child who never quite fit in; too white for her own people and too Indian for whites. She ended up on the streets of San Francisco where she died at the age of twenty-nine. In 1991 Lost Bird’s grave was located and her bones carefully dug up to be transported back to Wounded Knee Cemetery where she was reburied during a tribal ceremony beside the fence that today surrounds the trench-grave where her mother had lain waiting for 101 years.




08/11/2008 17:46

Suggested Reading


For a full detailed account of Lost Bird and the massacre read: "Lost Bird of Wounded Knee", by Renee Sansom Flood, Scribner, 1995.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































08/11/2008 17:41

Who Was Lost Bird?

Bodies were found a full three miles from where the massacre took place. There searchers heard a soft muted cry and discovered a frozen huddle of lifeless women. The cry seemed to be coming from under one of the bodies. Ice was chipped away and the woman turned over. There was a baby girl of about eight months of age, weak but still alive, covered with her mother’s blood.  Having survived three days of sub-freezing cold the baby was first given to an Indian woman to nurse, then handed from one person to another until a Native woman spirited her away to an Indian encampment. It was there that General Leonard W. Colby went looking for the child he had heard about, taking her as his own personal trophy of war. The baby was sent away to his wife, Clara Bewich Colby, to raise, completely cutting the Indian child off from her people, her culture, and her heritage.

08/09/2008 15:45

Survivors of The Wounded Knee Massacre

The twelve-year-old son of Red Fish escaped The Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890, seeking refuge with relatives to hide from the Seventh Cavalry. The boy took his relatives name until he was grown, for he had witnessed soldiers riding down and brutally killing fleeing women and children. Upon reaching adulthood he became a Christian minister, taking back his father's name, thereafter known as Rev. James Red Fish. Some seventy years later Darrell New Plenty Stars was born to his daughter. Among the other survivors of that cold December day were several infants, the most memorable known as “Lost Bird”. Shortly after Chief Big Foot and his people were mercilessly slaughtered there beside Wounded Knee Creek, a blizzard rolled in, covering the grotesquely frozen bodies. Three days later the wind and snow subsided and civilian burial parties began collecting the frozen remains for interment in the long trench-grave being prepared on the hilltop overlooking the killing field.

07/07/2008 13:16





DARRELL NEW PLENTY STARS' book traces Darrell's life from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of South Dakota, where he was abandoned as an infant, through the Vietnam War, and back to the reservation just in time for the 1973 Wounded Knee Standoff between militants with the American Indian Movement (AIM) and Government Agents.  During those seventy long cold days and nights numerous Natives lost their lives as well as two FBI Agents.    



This full blood Oglala Lakota (Sioux) tells of his rebellious teen years followed by a consuming anger after having suffered near fatal wounds in Vietnam, only to awaken shackled to a prisoner of war hospital cot back in the United States.  Adding insult to injury, with his identily restored, Darrell was then charged with murder.  Exonerated at last and finally

discharged from the Army, he returned to the reservation filled with hatred.  There he met and married Rose Lone Elk. Together the two took to the back roads, bypassing government roadblocks with supplies for AIM militants.  It was during that period, on a snowy night with the tribal war raging across the reservation while Federal Agents kept militants contained at Wounded Knee, that Darrell miraculously found (or was found by) the Lord.



Wars and battles have long been a part of Darrell New Plenty Stars' heritage.  In 1876 his great grandfather, Red Fish, took part in THE BATTLE OF THE LITTLE BIGHORN, as did his wife Rose’ great grandfather, Little Soldier.  Afterward Little Soldier returned the reservation while Red Fish and his family joined Chief Big Foot’s band of some 300 men, women, and children.  They were still with Big Foot when the gaunt hungry Indians were shot down -- slaughtered -- at Wounded Knee.  It was December of 1890, known today as THE WOUNDED KNEE MASSACRE.  Darrell’s grandfather, son of Red Fish, who was twelve at the time, was one of only a few who escaped the massacre.  Red Fish's son grew up to become an itinerant Christian minister, using the name "Rev. James Red Fish".  He lived on into his eighties, dying the year Darrell turned thirteen. 


To read a sampling of Darrell’s story, click on BOOK EXCERPT above.  To order a copy of "From the Flames of Wounded Knee to the Center of God's Will",  click on ORDER BOOK.

07/05/2008 17:15

Shirlee Evans, Co-author & Web Page Host, Explains the Book's title

The first half of Darrell New Plenty Star's book title ..."From the Flames of Wounded Knee"... speaks of the buildings US Government Agencies fire bombed - including churches - during the 1973 Wounded Knee Standoff with militants of the American Indian Movement. The last half of the title, ..."to the Center of God's Will" ... represents Darrell's thirty years as a Christian pastor/shepherd of his people.



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