Frank Henderson

Service Branch: 

Athletics: High School - All-State football, basketball and track. University of South Dakota – Lettered 4 years in basketball and track. Held the University of South Dakota discuss record for 40 plus years. Played semi pro team – Sioux City “All Stars”.

Music- Loved to play the piano, guitar and the harmonica. Sang in High School, at college (played in college bars for tips) sang in men’s quartet for many years.

Law: Graduate of the School of Law – University of South Dakota. Champion of the poor, underserved and the powerless in his private practice. Recognized by the South Dakota Law Bar Association for many years for his pro bono work for these individuals. Served as the US Commissioner for the Federal Court; Elected to serve as a justice on the 7th Judicial Circuit; elected and served as South Dakota Supreme Court Justice until his retirement. 2nd longest seated Supreme Court Justice in state history.

His Country: Served in the US Army and fought for his country as an officer in the Korean War. Was wounded in action and received numerous medals for his service. Served on many Veteran’s organization. Lifetime member and former Commander of the Disabled American Veterans. Life time member of the Veterans of Foreign War’s. Elected and served as a two-term State Senator for the state of South Dakota. Recognized by the Governor Janklow and the legislative branches for his service and duty by having a day named and recognized each year in a state capital flag raising in his honor as “Frank Henderson day”.

Friend of the Tribe: Made an “Honorary lifetime tribal member” of the Sioux Tribe and recognized as a “protector of his people” for his constant protection of the legal rights and sovereign recognition of the Indian people.

Family: Married his girl from high school, raised eight children. “No Duds”. Twenty-one grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Other: He loved his ranch, and his Appaloosa horses. He loved the breadth and the soul of the people in this country.