Colleen Fisher Medicine Eagle

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Colleen Fisher Medicine Eagle

Colleen Fisher Medicine Eagle, 58, made heaven her Home on Friday, September 24, 2021 with her daughters and sister by her side at Holy Rosary Health Care in Miles City, Montana

Ma’eseeota’e / Red Medicine Woman was born March 31 1963 in Crow Agency, Montana to Burton Fisher Sr. and Nancy Old Bull. She grew up in Birney Montana and attended St Labre Indian School, Inter-Mountain Indian School in Brigham City, Utah and in 1981 she graduated from Hardin High School. She attended Little Big Horn College and also went on to attend the Montana State University in Bozeman Montana where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1991.

Colleen was proud of completing her nursing degree while raising her young family. She often encouraged others to attend college using her own success as an example. Her grandmother Mary was a big part of her life and also encouraged her to get her education.

Colleen met her high school sweetheart, Phillip White Clay Jr., at Inter-Mountain Indian School. Colleen and Phillip were married on August 24, 1981. They made their home in Black Lodge, Montana. The couple had a son, Ramsey, and three daughters, Nancy Claire, Miranda Faith, and Chantell Rose.

In Colleen and Phil’s early years of marriage they lived in the Black Lodge District surrounded by his loving family that became Colleen’s Family. Her mother had passed away when Colleen was a very young child and having the support of a loving mother and father meant a great deal to her.

During these early years both Colleen and Phil committed their lives to the Lord at the Black Lodge Church, pastored by Phillip White Clay Sr. Phil and Colleen were later divorced, but had spent many happy years together raising their children.

Colleen was proud to be a graduate of MSU Bozeman and remained a loyal Bobcat fan throughout her life and traveled many years to attend the MSU Powwow and listen to her father and brothers drum group The Birney Singers and the MSU Native American Brunch to visit with old friends and mentors, especially her most influential nursing mentor, Dr. Kay Chafey, who took Colleen under her wing and provided her the encouragement and support she needed to successfully complete her Nursing degree. Later she served on the Advisory board for the Caring for Our Own Program, a support program to increase the number of American Indian Nursing graduates at MSU. She also assisted with a CO-OP after school program working with middle school students at Lame Deer to promote Health Careers.

Colleen began her career with the Indian Health Service as an RN working in several IHS facilities including Crow Agency, Browning, Lame Deer and Rosebud, South Dakota. Colleen had a strong desire to serve her own people, the Northern Cheyenne, and it was fulfilled during the years she served as an RN at the Northern Cheyenne Community Health Center where she shared her skills of caring for her patients and also shared her love for the Lord. Wherever Colleen lived and worked she freely shared her knowledge of the Bible and God’s love.

She was a member under many church families and stood behind many platforms to spread the word of God. She had stood under the ministry of Fred and Phyllis Bull Calf In Browning, Woody Brien and the Pentecostal Church of God for many years in her Hometown of Lame Deer and most recently under White Horse Ministry in Mission South Dakota, And the Keystone Ministry in Keystone South Dakota.

Colleen felt led to Rosebud, South Dakota where she met her late Husband Gabriel Medicine Eagle and they married in September of 2013. They enjoyed traveling and were known for sharing their experiences by going live on facebook, fishing, and spending time with all the grandchildren. Colleen and Gabe were forerunners for the Kingdom of God in Indian Country, They initiated many ground efforts that have continued to bring transformation to the Nation of North America. They brought God’s power into the halls of government, Churches and Kingdom gatherings, Most importantly they nurtured many spiritual children. They will always be respected as Apostolic Leaders among the Nations.

Soon after the passing of her Husband she relocated to the place where her journey for the Lord first began and reunited with her children and grandchildren in Hardin, Montana. After much thought and prayer she decided to come out of retirement and go back into her position as a nurse and Was soon hired at Awe Kaulawaache Care Center in Crow Agency. She was currently employed as the MDS Coordinator and ran day-today operations alongside the administrator and her dear friend for many years Martha Harrison, whom she first worked with as a nurse in Browning. She really cared deeply for all the staff and residents at Awe Kualawaache Care Center and loved her job.

She is preceded in death by her beloved Husband Gabriel Medicine Eagle Sr.; her baby son WhiteClay; two grandbabies; her father and mother; grandmother, Mary Playing Bear Fisher; brother, Emery Fisher, Francis Old Dwarf Jr., Dean Darrell Fisher; Sister, Arlene Fisher; aunts, Margaret Agnes, Eva and Theresa Old Bull; uncles, Burnett and Jimmy Old Bull, Dudley and George Fisher; cousins, Kim and Leann Rogers; nephew, Shane Shotgunn; adopted parents, Phillip and Vera Ann Whiteclay Sr.; adopted sister Rachel Beatty; special, Niece Raven Whiteclay

She is survived by her son, Ramsey Duke Whiteclay; her daughters, Nancy Clair, Miranda Faith, and Chantell Rose Whiteclay; her grandchildren, Racinda, Latrell, Valerie, Harmony, Tushiya, KallieAnn, Zion, Ezaiah, Caleb, Alayah, Cody Jr, Lexus, and Jeremiah; brothers, Conrad and Burton Jr. Fisher, and Dennis Carter; sisters, MaryAnn Fisher Weaselbear, and Marilynn Wilson; aunt, Betty Rogers; special nephews she took as her own, Roman and Cazzie Fisher, and James Jefferson, adopted son, Joe Donell; adopted daughters that she loved dearly and considered as her own, Juliet Fisher, Amanda Bremner Little Sun, and Vanessa Kessay; adopted sisters Rebecca Lynn and Verna Jefferson, Dawna Nelson, Clydine and Veronica White Clay, and Rebecca Buffalo; adopted grandchildren, Anthony, Amaya, Amarie, Ivy, Ezekial, Adria, Monte, Casaja, Cashius Neveah, Baby Cazz Caeley, Hunter, and Cassidy; special friends, Martha Harrison, Tracy Harwood, Darla Provancial, Janell Salois, Susan Castine Easterday, Addie Baker and the Boyd sisters.

Our extended family includes the Black Horse, Yellowfox, Lame Bears, Medicine Top, Old Bull, Clubfoote, Blackwolf, Wolfblack, Medicine Bull, Fighting Bear and Standingelk families. If we have missed anybody we apologize, Colleen had a large family and knew many people throughout the world.

The Family would like to Thank Hardin Big Horn Hospital Staff and special niece Joanna Little Bird and Holy Rosary Healthcare Staff for taking care of our Dear Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandma and Friend. You are all Truly Angels on Earth.