Evelyn Stevenson: so long, to a dear friend

Evelyn Stevenson, CSKT tribal attorney of 33 years stands outside in her Pablo yard before her trip to the doctor’s office in Missoula. Despite health problems, Stevenson refuses to retire and works from home. (Lailani Upham photo)

Evelyn Stevenson, a close friend and board member of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, passed away on March 12, 2015 at 9:11am in Ronan, Montana on the Flathead Indian Reservation.  Evelyn was longtime tribal attorney, advocate and original proponent of the Indian Child Welfare Act, and a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and was the second tribal member, and first tribal member woman, to become a licensed attorney.

A wake will begin at noon on Sunday, March 15, 2015 in the Elmo Community Hall in Elmo, Montana (phone number: 406.849.5505).  A rosary will begin at 8:00pm that evening.  The funeral will be held at the Elmo Community Hall on Monday, March 16th at 11:00am, followed by burial at the Ronan Cemetery. Some background info on Evelyn can be Found Here. Memories of condolences may be sent to thelakefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

Update: The offices at the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes will be closed Monday in honor of Evelyn Stevenson. Flags will also be flown at half-mast. She was a nationally known expert in the Indian Child Welfare Act. In 1977, she was among the first Indian women to pass the Montana bar exam. Her work toward justice saw the establishment of SKC and the CSKT legal team. Tribal Council agrees that few have given as much to our Tribes in a humbler way than Evelyn.