Martha American Horse

martha@thundervalley.org

Martha Elizabeth American Horse was born in Pine Ridge, SD and raised in Wounded Knee, SD. Her mother passed away when she was 18 months old so she was raised by her grandparents who are the late Stephen and Dora Gay. After they passed, when she was 11 and 12 years old, her mom’s older sister took her in. Her name is Christina Gay Martinez. When she was 19 years old she met her first husband, they had three kids, a set of twins, a boy and a girl, and another boy, named Mindy and Marvin Janis and Marjoe Janis. Martha and her first husband were married for a couple years then divorced. Two years later she met her second husband. They have been together for 36 years. They had four boys. Her husband’s name is Melvin Rossman Senior. Their boys are Melvin Jr., Emerson, Truman and Anthony Rossman. They moved around quite a bit. They started in Wounded Knee, then moved to Porcupine, then American Horse Creek and back to Porcupine, then Wounded Knee, which is where they now live. When they first met, her husband worked at the packing plant in Gordon NE, until 1995 when he was injured. She worked for the USPS from 2004 until 2015. She was then without a job until January 2017 when she began working at Thunder Valley CDC. She says, "I love working here, I love working with little kids." Martha has nine grand children of her own between the ages of 12 and 4 months. She also has eight grandsons and 1 granddaughter. Her youngest, Anthony, is still at home. Her dad, Dave American Horse, is 87 years old and living at the Veterans Shelter in Pine Ridge.