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Fort Belknap Arliss Lee Stiffarm, 59, Indian name No-nee-Ta meaning "Warrior," died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at a Havre hospital due to natural causes.

Wake services will be today at 7 p.m. in the Red Whip Center. Funeral Mass will be Friday at 11 a.m. with burial following in the Old Stiffarm Family Cemetery at Hays.

Arliss was born at the Fort Belknap Agency to Ignatius and Florence (Skinner) Stiffarm on Nov. 24, 1942. He attended school and graduated from Haskell Institute at Lawrence, Kan., and also attended drafting school in Billings.

Arliss spent four years in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1966. He worked for Boeing in Seattle, Deer Lodge National Forest in Butte, and was a firefighter.

Arliss enjoyed basketball, football and his many nephews and nieces.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo LongKnife of Fort Belknap; son, Lee "Max" Stiffarm of San Diego; brother, George Stiffarm of Fort Belknap; sisters, Velva Doore and Avis Spencer, both of Fort Belknap, Marcia Hammet of Harlem, Clarice Lamb of Missoula, Naomi Longfox of Butte, Jewell Lamb of Boring, Ore., and Marlys Fisher of Browning; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home in Chinook.


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