What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. – Pericles
On Sunday August 10th, our dear friend and fellow water warrior Lloyd Ingraham left us to embark upon his next great adventure.
Lloyd lived a very full life and leaves behind his loving family, many, many friends, and an incredible legacy. In life he cast a great shadow, and his passing leaves footsteps that will be difficult if not impossible to fill.
Last year Lloyd took us for a tour of his beautiful yard and gardens, where it was clear to see how proud he was of this labor of love, many years in the making.
As a self made man and attorney, he had great passion for defending and drawing attention to the violations of the civil rights of everyone living within the boundaries of, or near the Flathead Indian Reservation. He often lamented the federal government’s failure to deal with the mess it created here, a very difficult and divisive situation that is now being exploited in the form of a water rights battle that if successful, could give the federal government control over all of western Montana.
And bless his heart, it was a battle that Lloyd stayed actively involved with, even into his last days with us. He truly remains an inspiration to us all.
Rest well dear friend. Many have been inspired by your valiant efforts, and they will not be forgotten. I will forever remember your wonderful gruff voice, the twinkle in your eye when you smiled, and your passion for the causes that were important to you. It was an honor to know you and to call you friend.
In Lloyd’s honor, we have transcribed a series of articles published in the Ronan Pioneer in 1973 where Lloyd delineated exceptionally well the issues that we find ourselves faced with today on the reservation.
Here is a link to his article entitled: Reservation History, Legal Issues Analyzed