Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

July 24, 2015

Rest in Eternal Peace Lakota Gall Brightman


Rest in Eternal Peace Lakota Gall Brightman
By Quanah Parker Brightman

Lakota Brightman of Pinole, California died unexpectedly on Friday July 3rd, 2015 in Richmond California. His cause of death was murder. He was 45 years old. Lakota Gall Brightman was born on December 25th 1969 in Rapid City, South Dakota to parents Lehman and Trudy Brightman. He was the second of three children. Lakota attended Delmar Elementary School, Portola Junior High School, and graduated from El Cerrito High School in 1988. His earlier years were spent advocating for Native American Rights along with his family and the Organization founded by his father Lehman and carried on by his brother Quanah, United Native Americans. United Native Americans was and are still very active in Native american rights and the promotion of progress and general welfare of Native Americans. Specialist Lakota Gall Brightman served 6 years in the California Army National Guard, 235th Engineer Company (Sapper) as an Army Field Medic from August 11, 2007 to his date of separation on August 10th, 2013. Lakota was ordered into active service in 2007 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan. He is remembered as a genteel and kind hearted human being who wanted to help others and was a beloved son, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle, father, friend and hero. He is preceded in death by his mother Trudy Brightman and his older brother Lehman Brightman III. Lakota is survived by his Daughters, Phoebe (23) and Star (13) Brightman his brother Quanah Parker Brightman, father Chief Lehman L. Brightman, aunts Nancy and Lorelie Oldlodge and uncles, Anthony David Clairmont and Donald Oldlodge. Taken too soon, Lakota will be warmly remembered and greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral services will be held on Saturday July 25th, 2015 from 11am - 2pm at Wilson & Kratzer Civic Center Chapel 455 24th St Richmond, CA 94804 Tel: (510) 232-4383  With burial services to be held on July 27th, 2015 at 1pm at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery 5810 Midway Road in Dixon, California 95620

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