Miles Dennis Allard left us to begin his journey to the spirit world Feb. 8, 2018, in Fort Yates. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the AJ Agard Building, Fort Yates. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a rosary/prayer service beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday at DaWise-Perry Funeral Services. A wake will then follow at the AJ Agard Building, Fort Yates.
He was born Aug. 31, 1948, in Williston, to Paul and Viola Allard. His early years were spent being raised and taught by his grandparents, Ezra and Julianna Allard in Trenton. He attended grade school in Trenton while living with his grandparents and then started high school in Williston. He moved to Belcourt and completed high school in Belcourt while living with his father. Miles’ father had remarried in the interim to Joanne, who was a special woman in Miles’ life.
He graduated from high school in 1966 and entered the relocation program. Relocation was a federal program to get Indian people off reservations and send them to urban areas, where it was thought they would become 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 United States Navy rather than allow the machinations of the government to determine his fate. He served proudly from 1968 to 1974, most of his duty being 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 Williston 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 return to Belcourt to attend the Turtle Mountain Community College. He had an interest in education, and later transferred to the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks in 1987. He would meet the love of his life at UND, LaDonna Brave Bull. LaDonna already had four children: William, Phillip, Freedom, and Prairie. Miles was able to cultivate a relationship with all of them. Miles and LaDonna were married in 1990 in Grand Forks in a traditional 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 graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1990 and left Grand Forks to start their professional lives. Miles began his first teaching job in Belcourt. LaDonna’s daughter, Prairie moved with Miles, while LaDonna established her professional career in Standing Rock. It was during this time that Prairie “Chicken” and Miles enjoyed a special relationship with his daughter, and they were very close.
Miles moved to Standing Rock and taught grade school at the public school in Fort Yates, and later the Standing Rock grant school until his retirement in 2016. He had a special relationship with the young children, always teaching and sometimes teasing with the children. Teasing is a native 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 involved with his traditional spirituality, and part of that was involvement in the Sun Dance. His brother, Ambrose Little Ghost was instrumental in Miles’ spirituality, and they had a special relationship. He had many lifelong friends involved with the Sun Dance, some of them were Danny and Patsey Seaboy, John Buckley, Elliott Ward, Matt Remle, and Rocky Shopbell. There were many others as well. As a traditional man, he was also known by other names. Among the Turtle Mountain 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, Jamie (Candy) Tesoro, Williston, Ray (Sheri) Tesoro, Lolo, Mont., and Gerald (Wynne) Allard, Rolla. His sisters, Lorie (Joe) Wilkie, Portage, Wis., and Debra Allard, Grand Forks. His sons, Miles Allard Jr., Johnstown, Colo., Paul Allard, Mandan, Jon Allard, Minot, Eric Grey Cloud, Fort Yates, Ian Scotty Halsey, Fort Yates, Alex Schien, New York, and Shannon Metzger, Fargo. Daughters, Nikola Uskevicz, Bismarck, Prairie McLaughlin, Mahto, S.D., and Sky Cante Brave Bull, Fort Yates, who Papa Miles raised from a baby. Finally, his many grandchildren, Jace, Jessa, Angelina, Skylah, Dakotah, Leszek, Latayus, Donnie, 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, Dakota.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Joanne Allard; brothers, 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 Cannonball. This man will be missed.
Please sign his guest book and share memories at www.dawiseperry.com. (DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan)