Miles Allard

Aug. 31, 1948-Feb. 8, 2018

Miles Dennis Allard left

us to begin his journey to

the spirit world on Febru-

ary 8, 2018, in Fort Yates,

North Dakota. Funeral

Services will be held at

10:00 AM, Thursday,

February 15, 2018 at the

AJ Agard Building, Fort

Yates. Visitation will be-

gin at 1:00 PM, followed

by a Rosary/Prayer Ser-

vice beginning at 2:00 PM,

Wednesday, February 14,

2018 at DaWise-Perry

Funeral Services. A wake

will then follow at the AJ

Agard Building, Fort


He was born August 31,

1948, in Williston, North

Dakota to Paul and Viola

Allard. His early years

were spent being raised

and taught by his

grandparents Ezra and Ju-

lianna Allard in Trenton,

North Dakota. He attend-

ed grade school in Tren-

ton, North Dakota while

living with his

grandparents and then

started high school in

Williston, North Dakota.

He moved to Belcourt and

completed high school in

Belcourt, North Dakota

while living with his fa-

ther. Miles’ father had

remarried in the interim

to Joanne, who was a spe-

cial woman in Miles’ life.

He graduated from high

school in 1966 and en-

tered the relocation pro-

gram. Relocation was a

federal program to get In-

dian people off reserva-

tions and send them to ur-

ban areas, where it was

thought they would be-

come more integrated into

mainstream American

culture. He went to San

Francisco for training in

diesel mechanics, but was

summoned by his country

for the armed forces

through the draft. When

Miles received his draft

notice, he immediately

went to enlist in the Unit-

ed States Navy rather than

allow the machinations of

the government to deter-

mine his fate. He served

proudly from 1968 to

1974, most of his duty be-

ing comprised of marine

mechanics and service to

a particular admiral. He

was stationed primarily in

Guam, spent a lot of time

at sea, and was honorably

discharged. His service

time frame makes him a

Vietnam-era veteran.

He returned from the

service and made Willis-

ton his home. He married

Janice Daniels and had

two children, Nikola and

Miles. He later had two

children with Rhonda

Wilkie, Paul and Jon. He

eventually moved to

Bismarck to work at Clark

Equipment Company.

He would ultimately re-

turn to Belcourt, North

Dakota, to attend the Tur-

tle Mountain Community

College. He had an in-

terest in education, and

later transferred to the

University of North Dako-

ta at Grand Forks in 1987.

He would meet the love of

his life at UND, LaDonna

Brave Bull. LaDonna al-

ready had four children:

William, Phillip, Free-

dom, and Prairie. Miles

was able to cultivate a re-

lationship with all of

them. Miles and LaDonna

were married in 1990 in

Grand Forks in a tradi-

tional ceremony, and he

spent the rest of his life

married to his Boo-boo.

Why he called her by that

name is a personal story.

Miles and LaDonna gra-

duated from the Universi

ty of North Dakota in 1990

and left Grand Forks to

start their professional

lives. Miles began his first

teaching job in Belcourt,

North Dakota. LaDonna’s

daughter Prairie moved

with Miles, while LaDon-

na established her profes-

sional career in Standing

Rock. It was during this

time that Prairie

“Chicken” and Miles en-

joyed a special relation-

ship with his daughter,

and they were very close.

Miles moved to Stand-

ing Rock and taught grade

school at the public

school in Fort Yates, and

later the Standing Rock

grant school until his re-

tirement in 2016. He had

a special relationship with

the young children, al-

ways teaching and some-

times teasing with the

children. Teasing is a na-

tive way of teaching,

modifying behavior, and

expressing affection.

When he teased anyone, it

was always good-natured

and it was clear he was

expressing his affection.

Miles was deeply in-

volved with his tradition-

al spirituality, and part of

that was involvement in

the Sun Dance. His broth-

er Ambrose Little Ghost

was instrumental in

Miles’ spirituality, and

they had a special rela-

tionship. He had many

lifelong friends involved

with the Sun Dance, some

of them were: Danny and

Patsey Seaboy, John Buck-

ley, Elliott Ward, Matt

Remle, and Rocky Shop-

bell. There were many

others as well. As a tradi-

tional man, he was also

known by other names.

Among the Turtle Moun-

tain Band of Chippewas,

he was known as Chimino

or Little Cat. Among the

Lakota and Dakota people,

he was known as Tasunka

Yuja-Nanji or Man Stands

With His Horse. He was

an intelligent man, and

spoke several languages.

He spoke Mitchif, Lakota,

French, and English.

He is survived by: his

wife LaDonna Brave Bull

Allard, his mother Viola

Tesoro, and brothers: Jam-

ie (Candy) Tesoro, Willis-

ton, North Dakota; Ray

(Sheri) Tesoro, Lolo, Mon-

tana, and Gerald (Wynne)

Allard, Rolla, North Dako-

ta. His sisters Lorie (Joe)

Wilkie of Portage, Wiscon

sin, and Debra Allard,

Grand Forks, North Dako-

ta. His sons Miles Allard

Jr., Johnstown, Colorado;

Paul Allard, Mandan,

North Dakota; Jon Allard,

Minot, North Dakota; Eric

Grey Cloud, Fort Yates,

North Dakota; Ian Scotty

Halsey, Fort Yates, North

Dakota; Alex Schien of

New York, and Shannon

Metzger, Fargo, North

Dakota. Daughters: Nikola

Uskevicz, Bismarck,

North Dakota; Prairie

McLaughlin, Mahto,

South Dakota; Miranda

Young, Devils Lake; and

Sky Cante Brave Bull, Fort

Yates, North Dakota who

Papa Miles raised from a

baby. Finally, his many

grandchildren: Jace, Jessa,

Angelina, Skylah, Dako-

tah, Leszek, Latayus, Don-

nie, Joshua, Wakinya,

Jakob, Philip, William,

Myles, Dusty, Kimmela,

Isabelle, Kaylee, Hepi,

Waniya, Tate, and John.

If anyone was left out, it

was oversight and not

maliciousness; Miles

loved all his family

members. He also leaves

behind a special puppy,


He was preceded in

death by: his parents Paul

and Joanne Allard, broth-

ers Merle Allard and Doug

(Tiny) Allard, and sister

Lolita (Sissy) Tesoro. Son

Phillip Hurkes, His sister

Marcella Rosie Buckley,

Uncle Delano Dogskin,

Hunka brother, Ambrose

Little Ghost.

Burial will take place at

the Brave Bull family

cemetery in rural Cannon

ball, North Dakota. This

man will be missed.

Please sign his guest-

book and share memories


Funeral arrangements are

being made with

DaWise-Perry Funeral

Services, Mandan, North