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Darrell Kipp (1944 - 2013)

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Darrell Robes Kipp

Browning, MT —Darrell Robes Kipp, 69, died of cancer on Nov. 21, 2013 in Browning.

His rosary will be held on Sunday, Nov. 24th at 7pm and his funeral mass on Monday, Nov. 25th at 11am at the Little Flower Parish in Browning.

Darrell was born on Oct. 23, 1944 in Browning to Tom and Nora Kipp. He graduated from Browning High School in 1962. He graduated from Eastern Montana College, where he was honored as alumni of the year in 2012. He later earned a master's degree from Harvard University and a master of fine arts degree from Vermont College.

He was a Veteran who served in the United States Army and was discharged as a Sergeant.

He was an accomplished documentary film maker, writer, researcher, community organizer, and the founder of Piegan Institute. He developed Moccasin Flat School and Cuts Wood School on the Blackfeet reservation. He inspired and encouraged many tribal communities to follow his lead to begin their own language immersion schools.

He is survived by his wife Roberta Ray Kipp, son Darren Kipp, great-niece Kelly Kipp who they helped raise, his sister Geraldine Oscar and family, his brother Donald Kipp and family, his mother's sister Mazie Upham and brother Ernest Marceau, and his nieces and nephews from his deceased brothers Carl and Stanley. He was considered an uncle to all. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, his bothers Carl, Stanley and Duane. He is also survived by the dogs and cats that he helped rescue.

He was featured in an article in Ed. Magazine: The Magazine of the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Fall 2008. He received numerous awards statewide, nationally and internationally, including the Montana Governor's Humanities Award in 2005.



Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 24, 2013
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