Richard Charles Archambault, “Ista Zi” (Yellow Eyes), died Dec. 6, 2018, at Miller Pointe, Mandan.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. today, Dec. 14, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Monsignor Chad Gion as celebrant. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, with military honors.
Richard “Dickie” Archambault was born Feb. 24, 1927, to Richard Archambault and RoseAnn Wilkie in Fort Yates. Dickie graduated from the eighth grade at St. Bernard’s Mission in Fort Yates, and attended high school at both St. Paul’s Mission in Marty, S.D., and Fort Yates. He dropped out of school and enlisted in the U.S. Army parachute team and served in World War II. He attended Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga. He also attended Signal School European Command in Ansback, Germany. While in Germany he learned the German language. He was discharged in 1950. From the time he was discharged until 1968, he had odd jobs and would hop on the freight train, traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast. He had many stories from his freight train adventures. When he would return home, his mother would urge and plead with him to attend treatment for his alcoholic addiction. He was a recovering alcoholic for many years. In 1968 Dickie sobered up and received his GED while in Rosewell, N.M., attended Eastern New Mexico University with AA, received his bachelor of science from the University of Mary, and received a master’s in counseling and guidance from the University of North Dakota. He graduated with honors from both universities.
He married Marion Siaka in Fort Totten in 1976. Marion died Jan. 6, 1992.
He worked in Fort Totten and at Flandreau Indian School as a health educator and guidance counselor, then as an alcoholism program director at I.H.S. Aberdeen Area Office in Aberdeen, S.D.
Dickie is survived by his sister, Jeannette (Archambault) Cluett, Fort Yates; stepchildren, Whalen Wascase, Fort Totten, and Anita (Dan) Aabreke, St. Michael; in Indian way, his brother, Donavon Archambault, Montana; sister-in-law, LaVern Sullivan, St. Michael; numerous nieces and nephews; and his godchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Marion; one stillborn daughter and a 10-day old daughter, Monique Rose; his father, Richard Archambault, and mother, RoseAnn Wilkie; his stepfathers, George Archambault and Jesse Bear; father and mother-in-law, Thomas and Julia (Little) Siaka; sister, Isabell (Elmer) Laundreaux; brother, George Edward; grandparents, Moses and Bella (Demery) Wilkie, and Charles and Alice (Grayton) Archambault.
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