Written by The Herald-News
Gladys Marie First, 80, died July 21, 2013, at the Faith Home in Wolf Point.
She was born May 24, 1933, at home on the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota to Henry Feather and Jessie (McKay) Feather. She was later adopted by her grandparents Fred and Sarah (White Dog) Lawrence. She was raised and attended school in Saint Micheal’s until she moved to Fort Kipp in 1948 where she attended day school.
Her Dakota name was Nakiwizipi Win, “They Get Jealous Of Her,” given to her by her grandfather Fred Lawrence. She loved to ride and race horses since she was real young. When she was 12 years old at the annual fair on the Spirit Lake Reservation, she won the youth horse race. That night, she hobbled her horse near their camp for the night. In the morning, her grandfather found her horse had been whipped and run through barbed wire. The horse had deep cuts to the chest. Her grandfather was so mad he took the horse and her to the announcer’s stand. He announced to the whole camp that whoever did that to her horse gave her a proud name. He announced from this day on her name is going to be “Nakiwizipi Win!”
She married Reno First in April 1961 in Sidney.
She was preceded in death by her son, Andrew James; and daughter, Lois Ann; sisters Olivia Sherman, Janet Kopperdahl, Vicky Spotted Bull Azure and Mildred DeMarrias; brothers, Abraham and Wayne DeMarrias; and grandson, Anthony First.
She is survived by sons, Eugene Hale, Douglas Seviny of Spirit Lake, N.D., Del, Vernon and Wayne First; daughter, Mildred First; sister, Ethelene White Hawk; brother, Guy Casper DeMarrias of Fort Totten, N.D.; and 10 grandchildren.
Her funeral service was held Friday, July 26, at the Jim BlackDog Activity Center in Fort Kipp. Interment was at the Fort Kipp Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.