Lillian J. Goodeagle, “Oyate Wayakapi Win,” age 64, of Flandreau, SD passed away November 13, 2020 at Avera Health in Sioux Falls.
“Tweedy,” Lillian Jeanne, was born September 16, 1956, in Huron, SD to Emmett and Francis Crawford Eastman. Tweedy is enrolled member of Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate and descendant of Northern Cheyenne (Lame Deer, Montana). In 1974, she graduated high school from Wahpeton, ND. She attended Indians Into Medicine UND and graduated Haskell Indian College. In 1976, Lillian married Marlin George Tahdooahnippah. Christmas of 1982, Tweedy married Ronnie Dee Goodeagle in Oklahoma.
Tweedy and Ronnie made their home in Flandreau and worked at the Flandreau Indian School. “Mrs. Goodeagle” advised, coached, and encouraged students in Cross Country, Cheerleading, and Indian Club. She loved working, cooking, and dancing with students. They both shared their dance regalia with many students wishing to dance. She left a legacy of mentoring boarding school students. They enjoyed taking the students to pow wows and performances. Tweedy is a champion fancy shawl dancer, traveling to pow wows across United States and Canada. As a founding member of the Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre, she developed and organized the theatrical performance. She choreographed and performed as a fancy shawl, jingle and traditional dancer. During those years, she traveled the world to such places as France, Finland, England, Portugal, Japan, Dubai, Italy, and Greece. One year, she won the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribal Princess and was selected to run in the Jr. Miss North Dakota competition. Gramma Tweedy enjoyed cooking with her granddaughters and shared her love of dancing and beadwork. She took pride in her grandchildren’s talents and achievements in education, sports, dancing, and backup singing.
She is survived by her husband: Ron Goodeagle; three children: Winona Tahdooahnippah, Nahmi (Tyler) Lasley and Ron (Miya) Goodeagle Jr; stepchildren: Gideon Goodeagle, Tesa Dee Roubideoux, Aiden Fletcher, Laura Sage; 15 grandchildren; her father: Emmett Eastman Sr. and siblings: Leslie Eastman, Lynn Eastman, Laurie Many Lightenings, Lucille Eastman, Francis Eastman, Emmett Eastman Jr, and Annie Eastman.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Francis Lucille Eastman, infant brother, Charles A. Eastman, special sisters, Whitney Charging Eagle and Wambli Charging Eagle and grandparents.
An All-Night Traditional Wake Service will begin at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at the Wicaicago Otipi Community Center in Flandreau. Following the meal and services in the morning, Lillian will be buried in the Buffalo Lake Presbyterian Cemetery, Eden, SD.