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Delores Cloud-Hammitt

Delores Cloud-Hammitt

August 6, 1941 - June 20, 2024

Delores Ona Cloud-Hammitt "Omaamikwe," passed away on June 20, 2024. Delores was born on August 6, 1941, to Henry and Maggie Cloud in Ponemah, MN. She was taught to know the Ojibwe heritage, culture, and traditional values. Delores attended Haskell Institute, graduating and furthering her education at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus.

Delores was involved in the development, implementation, and teaching the American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her legacy was developing the writing system for the Ojibwe Language, Ojibwe specific curriculums, of math, science, and American Indian Academic. This was exemplified by the numerous showcases by National Indian Education Association meetings over the years. She also developed the Red Lake Public Schools Indian Education Programs.

Delores was the lead developer and testifier in the development of the State of Minnesota Eminence Credential Licensure for Ojibwe Language, Culture and traditional values teaching teachers. Delores served on the Ojibwe Resource Committee for the Minnesota Historical Society in developing the American Indian 5 floor History and Artifacts location.

In addition to her legacy of language, culture and traditional values she was also elected as a National Delegate for the DFL Convention, in New York City, in 1992. She was the recipient of the Minnesota Indian Education Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Her legacy continued as principal testifier before Senator Kennedy and Senator Mondale for US Public Law 92-318, the Indian Education Act, in New York City. Delores implemented PL 92-318 in the Red Lake Public Schools establishing the Ojibwe Dance Group which was invited by President Carter, Vice President Mondale, and other Senators and members of Congress to perform on the South Lawn of the White House on January 28, 1978, this was attended by several National Tribal Leaders from across Indian country which was followed by a meeting in the Oval Office, with President Carter, Vice President Mondale, and his Secretary of Interior.

In conclusion, Delores' legacy was further exemplified by appearing in the US publication of Who's Who of American Women in four different volumes.

She and her descendants reaffirmed the Hereditary Chief System of the Red Lake Nation which was approved by the Tribal Resolution in 2013, as provided by ancestor Chief GoodezhiiN and other fifth and sixth generation descendants. The process of Oral History was handed down and shared from the second, third and fourth generations, in reaching this conclusion of Hereditary Chiefs. This was concluded on September 1, 2013 with a flag raising ceremony and powwow to honor all GoodezhiiN descendants, including Veteran descendants.

Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14 Street, Cloquet. To sign the guest book and leave an online tribute, see


Traditional Funeral

10:00 am

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Boys and Girls Club

Reservation Highway 18

Ponemah, Minnesota, United States


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