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Bruce W. Brading, 56

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By The Staff

CAMPBELLSBURG, Ky. – Bruce W. Brading, 56, of Campbellsburg died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008, in his home following a long illness.

A memorial celebration ceremony is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre, 395 Paroquet Springs Drive, Shepherdsville, Ky.

Mr. Brading was born May 3, 1952, in Louisville to Joseph H. and Janetta Brading. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in Lexington and was a Kentucky Colonel.

He was a member of the Cherokee and Shawnee tribes and worked to help connect Native Americans in Kentucky and surrounding states to their heritage, building databases that included 475,000 records. More than 10,000 individuals have used the databases for genealogical research since its inception in 1994.

He was a commissioner and past chairman of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission and served as a Kentucky representative to the Governor’s Interstate Indian Council. He was instrumental in the development of Spirit of the Land and the American Indian Register of Kentucky.

Mr. Brading also was co-founder and chairman of the Circle of Wisdom Unity Conference and served as president of the Red Crow Indian Council. He also was active in the Ohio River Native American Intertribal Community; the Native American Rights Fund; the Native American Heritage Museum; the Kentucky Center for Native American Arts and Culture; the Ohio Valley Native American Veterans and Warrior Society; and the Port William Historical Society in Carroll County.

He was involved with and provided guidance and support to countless other non-profit organizations in Kentucky.

In 2007-08, he was voted the Kentucky Native American of  the Year.

Survivors include his mother; his life companion, Jim Stapleton; two sisters, Linda (Dennis) Beam and Teresa Vincent; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with expenses. Notes and gifts may be sent to Jim Stapleton, 433 Hillsboro Rd., Campbellsburg, KY  40011.

Heady Radcliffe Funeral Home in La Grange, Ky., is in charge of local arrangements.