HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                                                                           March, 2000

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CLARENCE CUTS THE ROPE

  HAYS - Clarence Basil Cuts The Rope, 64, died Wednesday, arch 29, 2000 at a Great Falls hospital of congestive heart failure.

  Adams Funeral Home of Malta is in charge of arrangements.

  Cuts The Rope, the son of Frank and Matilda (White Plums) Cuts The Rope, was born on April 12, 1935 at his parents' log cabin in Hays. He was an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre Tribe.

  Cuts The Rope attended the Mission School in Hays. During his school years, it was well known by his peers that he had a natural artistic ability.

  After graduating from high school, Cuts The Rope attended Haskell Indian School at Lawrence, Kansas. In the two years he spent there, he was involved in exterior and interior painting as well as professional sign making for local business in the Lawrence area.

  Cuts The Rope served in the U.S. Army for two years and was honorably discharged in 1959. During his time of service in a motar battery unit he served with the 24th Infantry division and the 11th Airborne division in Munich, Germany. His paratrooper wings were his most prized achievement in the Army. He later married Margaret E. Hickey, his wife for 28 years. they made their home in Hays.

  Cuts The Rope was a self-taught professional Native American artist. He maintained the "Cuts The Rope Gallery" in the original log cabin where he was born, just off route 66 in Hays. He and his wife attended art shows in Montana, Washington and North Dakota while putting on local showings of his art at the Cuts The Rope Gallery. He has sold his art throughout the state of Montana as well as many other states in the United States, Canada and Germany.

  Cuts The Rope enjoyed telling comical stories with his close friends, spending time with his family, the out doors, his cattle and horses.

  Cuts The Rope was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Jimmy, Andrew, and Frank Cuts The Rope, father in-law John Hickey of North Adams, Mass; sisters, Ester Doney and Virginia Cuts The Rope.

  Survivors include his wife, Margaret Cuts The Rope; sons, Catcher of Hays, Jauquene Paul of Great Falls; daughters, Delina of Hays, Thelma and Edna of Kansas; sisters, Cecelia DeCelles of Fort Belknap Agency, Hazel Doney of Hays, Ida Doney of Fort Belknap Agency, Theresa Werk of Hays, Philomene Hawley of Hays; three grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces.

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