Peter Paul Three Stars

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2002

Former Juneau resident Peter Paul Three Stars, 74, died Dec. 31, 2001, at his home in Lake Stevens, Wash.

An Oglala Sioux, he was born Feb. 11, 1927, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, S.D., to Paul and Sara (Red Horse) Three Stars. After two years in the Army (1945-46), he finished high school and graduated from Southern State Teachers College in 1950 with a bachelor of science degree in education. He began his career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a teacher and coach of basketball and track. He taught in the BIA schools in Arizona, Utah and South Dakota from 1950-56, and in Alaska from 1959-63.

His career advanced into management, including three years as a relocation officer in San Francisco and in Juneau, and 11 years in tribal operations in Juneau, Fairbanks and Washington D.C. From 1974-77 he was superintendent of the Bethel agency in Alaska.

In 1977, he was promoted to superintendent of the Western Washington agency in Everett, Wash., where he worked with local tribes on federal recognition and natural resource issues. After 34 years of government service, he retired on Dec. 31, 1982.

He continued his leadership in the Covenant Churches, serving as development director for Unalakleet Covenant High School from 1984-85; and interim pastor in Bethel in 1984, Golovin in 1986, Unalakleet in 1987, 1989 and 1990, and Nome in 1991. His family said his singing voice could be heard over radio station KICY in Western Alaska and he served on the executive board of the Lake Stevens, Wash., Covenant Church.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years Helen Solander Three Stars; sons David and Erik Three Stars; daughters Lenore Three Stars and Paula Blair; sister Louise Smith; brother Harry Three Stars; three grandsons, two granddaughters and several great-grandchildren.

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