Written by Darla Shumway
Martha Marie Black Dog, 69, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at the Billings Clinic in Billings.
She was born Sept. 30, 1944, in Poplar, the daughter of Thomas Martin and Alves Jones Bird. She lived her life in Brockton and Fort Kipp, attended Brockton Schools, graduated and then attended college.
She worked for Fort Peck Tribes in the 1960s as a Head Start teacher. Later, she worked as a C.H.R. and, in 1970, she worked at the Brockton School as a teacher’s aide. During the 1980s, she worked as a Fort Peck Tribes election supervisor many years.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and her grandchildren, attending their sporting events, Bingo and making Indian outfits for her grandchildren.
She met Lawrence Black Dog in the ‘60s and to this union two sons and two daughters were born: Bobby, LaDonna, Willie and LaVonne.
She was preceded in death by a grandchild, Adam Christopher Black Dog; sisters, Emily, Donna, Barbra, Carol, Loretta, Karen and Betty Martin; her brothers, Anthony, Eugene Bird, Jake, Allen, Samson and Leo Martin.
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Black Dog of Fort Kipp; her children, Bobby, LaDonna, Willie and LaVonne; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Roberta, Connie, Juanita Bird, Bernice Martin and Loretta Martin; and brothers, Vernon Koffman, Victor and Sly Martin.
A vigil service will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at the James Black Dog Activity Center in Fort Kipp. Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. at the James Black Dog Activity Center. Interment will be at the Fort Kipp Cemetery in Fort Kipp.