Carl Donald Sampson

Died: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017


Gathering of Family and Friends

7:00 AM to 7:00 AM, Thu., Nov. 16, 2017
Location: - Not available -


Washat Services

7:00 PM Fri., Nov. 17, 2017
Location: Agency Longhouse


Sunrise Burial

7:00 AM Sat., Nov. 18, 2017
Location: Agency Cemetery


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Walla Walla Chief Carl Donald Sampson

Carl Sampson, also known as Peo Peo Mox Mox (Yellowbird) and was the hereditary Chief of the Walla Walla Tribe - passed away on November 15, 2017 in Pendleton, Oregon. Carl was born on August 19, 1933 at Tutuilla Flats on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon. His parents were John and Carrie Abraham Sampson. He was married to Marian “Arleta” Sampson for 65 years and for the past many years were recognized as the longest married couple in the Pendleton Round Up Indian Village.

Carl attended Pendleton High School and Chemawa Indian School in Salem. He served for many years on the Umatilla Tribe’s Board of Trustees and as the Chairman of the General Council. He was the Umatilla Tribe’s first Tribal Housing Manager, served on the Tribal Health Commission, Portland Area Indian Health Board, Umatilla Fish and Wildlife Committee, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations, Hanford Advisory Board, and National Congress of American Indians. He also served in the United States Air Force.

He was a strong advocate, spokesman, and activist for protecting and honoring the Tribe’s 1855 treaty with the United States, protecting “Mother Earth” from environmental degradation and pollution, and promoting the Tribes cultural pride and educated many about Native people. He helped carry on the cultural traditions and ceremonies like the Mother’s Day root feast, huckleberry feasts, memorials, namings, funerals, and first food ceremonies for his people. He and his wife Arleta were big supporters of the Nixyaawii Community School and always were there to watch their children, grandchildren, and great-grand children in sports. He was a well know portrait artist and painter, making native drums, tribal regalia, and painting teepees. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, digging roots, picking huckleberries, and traditional dancing at pow wows with his family. As a young man he fished at Celilo Falls on the Columbia River.  Over the many years, Carl and Arleta helped take care of over 30 of their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and family members who needed their help.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, brothers Clifford Sampson, Thomas Sampson, Pete Sampson, Darrel “Bozo” Baptiste, and son Curtis Sampson.

He is survived by his wife Arleta, daughters Cathy Sampson-Kruse, Sandy and Linda Sampson, son Don Sampson, his sisters Linnea Ganuelas, Bonnie Moffet, and Eloise Baptiste. He loved all of his 32 grand-children, 28 great grand-children, and 1 great great grand-child. He had many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and family from the Umatilla Tribe, as well as Yakama, Warm Springs, Nez Perce, Spokane, and Colville Tribes.

On Thursday, November 16th at 7pm there was a service in a long tent at the family home of Don Sampson (71790 S Market Rd., Pendleton OR)

On Friday, November 17 at 7pm there will be a Seven Drum Washaat Service at the Mission Longhouse.

On Saturday, November 18th at 7am there will be a sunrise service at the Mission Longhouse, followed by burial at Old Agency Cemetery in Mission. At noon a dinner and giveaway will follow at the Mission Longhouse. 

For more information contact Sandy Sampson at 541-429-2601

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