Edwin “Eddie” Arnold Hall (Man That’s All Around - Macee Xagaheetar) 71, Bismarck, formerly of Four Bears and New Town, passed away at Sanford Medical Center, Bismarck, July 1, 2018. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 6, at Johnny Bird Veteran's Memorial Hall, New Town. Wake was held on Thursday at the memorial hall. Interment will be held at Hall Family Cemetery, rural Mandaree.
Ed was born on Jan. 19, 1947, to James, Sr. and Sarah (Fredericks) Hall in Elbowoods on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. He was born into the Low Cap “Aphu’hgawigaa” Clan and he was a child of Dripping Dirt Clan “Awaxe.’” Ed was the youngest of five brothers and five sisters, an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation and was a Hidatsa. He grew up on the family ranch on Moccasin Creek and learned how to cowboy at a very early age. Gathering cattle and riding the “Big Lease” with his dad were part of the positive memories of those “good old days” living on the river bottom. Hidatsa tradition was an integral part of Ed’s life and he loved speaking his language. He danced traditional and attended pow-wows with his parents throughout North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.
When the Garrison Dam flooded the area, the family had to reestablish the ranch on higher ground in the Blue Buttes area. As a boy, he would get together with his brothers and friends and head to the Frank Chase place to ride broncs. He acquired the rodeo bug at an early age from watching his older brother, Mervel, and cousins Joe and Manual Chase, Pete and Buzz Fredericks and nephew Dale Little Soldier be successful in the rodeo arena as bareback and saddle bronc riders, steer wrestlers and calf ropers. His sister, Audrey, was a trick rider and barrel racer who competed on a horse trained by her oldest brother Billy. But riding saddle broncs was what he wanted to do.
At the age of 16, Ed won his first bronc riding event and continued to be at the pay window in saddle bronc and steer wrestling from there. He became a member of the fledgling IAA (Indian Activities Association) in 1970 which became the GPIRA (Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association) in 1974. Ed qualified for the first Indian National Finals Rodeo held in Salt Lake City in 1976 and continued to qualify for the INFR several times over the years in Albuquerque. In 1980, Ed was the GPIRA All Around Reserve Champion and the 1982 GPIRA Steer Wrestling Champion.
Ed married Jean Marie Primeaux on Aug. 24, 1968, in Fort Yates. They headed off to their honeymoon in Rosebud, S.D., where Ed won the Bronc Riding. Ed and Jean traveled thousands of miles to rodeos throughout the United States and Canada. In their retirement, Ed still loved to travel and see the country.
In 1973, Ed and several IAA members provided a free youth rodeo clinic at the United Tribes Technical College to help create interest in youth for the sport of rodeo. Ed was always a willing participant when it came to helping youth. At his ranch he built an arena and produced several roping’s and rodeos over the years. He ran a herd of Corriente cattle, so he could provide roping cattle for his family and friends. Everyone would gather regularly to team rope and rope calves at the place.
Toward the end of the season in 1985, it looked as though the GPIRA was going to be disbanded. There was no president and no finals planned. No finals meant no INFR for the contestants. Ed stepped up to the challenge and volunteered to be the president and to hold the GPIRA year-end finals at his ranch. With the help of his family he worked hard and got sponsors, prizes, and stock to hold the finals. Jim Jacobs and Rol Bradford pulled in to help put the finishing touches on the arena and Rol served as the announcer. At the finals, Ed was also competing in the bronc riding and steer wrestling events. It was because of Ed that the finals were held, and contestants got to compete at the INFR that year, including Ed in the steer wrestling. Because of his continued leadership the GPIRA was revitalized. Ed enjoyed serving as president of the GPIRA for several years.
Ed was also a member of the NDRA, North Dakota Rodeo Association, where he won three state saddle bronc championships and was a tough contender in the steer wrestling.
Ed worked as an assistant county supervisor for Farmers Home Administration, for eight years, but left to ranch full-time. Ed continued to cowboy and ranch until his retirement. He enjoyed attending rodeos to watch his children and grandchildren compete, he was their biggest fan. He had a way to make you believe in yourself. Ed liked to watch Wheel of Fortune and enjoyed reading the Western Horseman. He loved when company would stop in to visit and, especially, when JC would play his guitar and they would sing together.
Ed served Four Bears as tribal business council representative from 1994 to 1998. During this time, he also served as the vice chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes. One of Ed's major goals and focus was to have built the community center at Four Bears. Councilman Hall cared deeply for the people of the MHA Nation.
Ed loved gardening, growing rows of sweet corn and had a huge strawberry patch. As a rancher he especially loved raising good horses and his herd of long horn cattle. Ed was an expert horse trainer, making a living on buying and selling his horses to many people who’d return to him for future purchases. He had a gift for distinguishing a true fit between horse and man.
Ed is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Jean, Bismarck; children, Todd Hall (Patti), Bismarck, Sherry Hall Baker (Leonard), Bismarck, and Kari Jo Lawrence (Doug), White Horse, S.D.; sisters, Rosella Little Soldier, Golden Valley, and Flora Lubke, New Salem; sister-in-law, Dianne Primeaux, New Town; brother-in- law, Bob Primeaux, Denver; grandsons, Devin, Thadd, Nolan, Tristan, Dawson, Tommy, Johnny, and Wynn; granddaughters, Audrey and Alexis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Sr. and Sarah Hall; son, Casey Ed Hall; brothers, Billy, Leland, James “Bud”, Mervel Sr. and Jake; and sisters, Evelyn, Audrey and Dena. (Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall) www.langhansfuneralhome.com.