Norbert Campbell of Kooskia began his journey on Sept. 23, 2019. He was 35 years old and an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe. Norbert was born in Lewiston, Idaho, to Janet Blackeagle (Nez Perce) and Larry Campbell (Spokane) on Nov. 14, 1983.
Norbert was named after both of his great-grandfathers Norbert Abrahamson and Andrew Jackson. In 1991, during the firestorms, his great-grandparents gave him the name “Schoo Chwee A Ten Tum” (pronounced: hoo-he-at ah ten tum) in the Spokane language means busy like the Ants.
As a toddler, Norbert grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit and Ford, Wash. In 1992, the family moved back to the Nez Perce Reservation where he attended school at the Clearwater Valley School District. He enjoyed basketball, baseball, drama, choir and graduated a very proud CV RAM with his Class of 2001. After high school, he played for the Orofino Merchant & American League Baseball team. He enjoyed baseball so much he began coaching several little league teams.
Norbert enjoyed telling Nez Perce legends, researching Nez Perce historical landmarks and traveling with friends and family. He went to St. Louis to attend the memorial for the four St. Louis Warriors who were Blackeagle (descendant), Speaking Eagle (descendant), Rabbit Skin Leggings and “No Horns on his Head.”
He premiered in a historical documentary series “The Boonies.” Norbert was employed with the Nez Perce Tribe and worked for the Nimiipuu Health Clinic, Housing Authority and the It’se Ye-Ye Bingo & Casino.
Norbert was an avid adrenaline junkie. He was very active and adventurous. He was proud to share that he climbed and conquered one of the highest mountains in the State of Idaho, “Mount Borah Peak.” He was informed by a Nimiipuu Elder that this mountain peak was a place where Nimiipuu used to go for their Weyekiin. He loved to rock climb, jump off of bridges and trees, especially taking “the plunge” from the thinker rock in the middle of the Selway Falls. He loved being in the mountains, in the snow and in the water. One of many favorite spots were along the Selway and Lochsa River.
Norbert is survived by his soulmate Caitlyn Guthrie of Kooskia; mother Janet Black Eagle of Kooskia; his father Larry (Myra) Campbell of Gifford-Reubens; his sister, Veda (Craig) Pfefferkorn of Kooskia; his brothers Dewey Campbell and Arrow Campbell, both of Kooskia; and Tiyapo Campbell of Moscow. He has several nieces and nephews (Trey, Tyce, Tate, Taya, Mahciah, Riley, Makayla, Sage and one grandniece Khaniah, just to name a few) and several aunts, uncles and many many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his brother Wilbur Campbell, his uncle Frank Campbell, his aunt Cynthia Blackeagle, uncle Frank Blackeagle and his paternal grandparents were Frank Campbell Sr., Gertrude Campbell and Ann Flett McCrea and his maternal grandparents were Veda Jackson-Blackeagle and Reuben Blackeagle.
A family dressing was held at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia. The memorial was held Sept. 27 at Trenary Funeral Home. The funeral was held Sept. 28 at The Life Center in Kamiah. Burial was at Kooskia Pine Grove Cemetery, with dinner following at Kooskia City Hall. Condolences can be left at www.trenaryfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial account has been created at Freedom Northwest Credit Union, www.fnwcu.org.