CASS LAKE -- Walter "Porky" White, 82, known to many by his Ojibwe names Gay gway da kamigishkang (Prancing Horse) and Gahgoonse (Porky or Little Porcupine), died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001.
He was born Oct. 18, 1919, in Federal Dam to Jenny and George White. He won several Golden Gloves titles, including 1937 Lightweight, 1938 and 1939 Junior Welterweight and the 1943 National Championship while in the Army. He joined the Army in 1941 and served in the 10th Mountain Division Ski troops and Engineers. His film credits include "Roanoke," in 1986 for PBS and other video and audio productions. In 1975 he left for St. Paul and a new school called the Red School House, an alternative program for American Indian students. He taught language, culture, instituted his sugar bush, as well as rice, fish, and berry camps to teach the traditional life of the Anishinabe people.
Survivors include his wife, Deb (Lenox); and his children, Arlene Larson and Chibenaici White.
Four children and all of his brothers and sisters died earlier.
Services will be 9 a.m. Saturday at Cass Lake Veteran's Hall. Burial will be in Battle Point Cemetery, Sugar Point, Leech Lake Reservation.
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