Delores Ann Wilkinson 

(“Mother Standing”)

Jan. 31, 1933 – Feb. 27, 2021

Delores Ann Wilkinson, Arikara name, “Mother Standing”, was born to Leona (Yellow Bird) Deane and William Deane, Jr. in old Elbowoods, ND on Januaiy 31, 1933.

She attended Elbowoods High School and graduated in 1955. While attending St. Benedicts College in St. Joseph, Minnesota, she earned degrees in Sociology,

Secondaiy education, U.S. History and Philosophy. She also attended Minot State University for special graduate classes. Delores had a lifetime teaching certification issued from North Dakota Department of Education. She was interested in Arikara history, Tribal, State, and Federal government.

Delores served on several Boards and Commissions – White Shield School Board, Reservation Education Committee, Housing Board, Legal Service Board, Fort Be1thold Reservation School Board.

She was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliaiy Post 253, member of Sahnish Culture Society and the White Shield Spirit Riders.

Delores was employed at the Fort Berthold Community College for 25 years. She served there as an Instructor, Counselor, Special Services Director and became the Dean of Students until her retirement in 2002. She taught an Arikara Culture and Language Class for the FBCC after her retirement. She always said, “I don’t claim to know everything or to be totally fluent, but I am willing to share what I know.”

She believed the Sahnish people will continue to the future and that “Neshanu Nechetak” (our Creater) has blessed us as a people.

She liked preparing Sahnish traditional foods and roasting corn in the old Arikara way. She also enjoyed game shows, count1y & western music, bingo, casino and visiting relatives and friends.

Her first family was with Myron White Bear, Sr. They had four sons and four daughters: Myron David White Bear, Jr., James (Teresa) White Bear, Keller, TX, Michael White Bear, and Jeffrey (Tamn;ii) White Bear, San Manuel, AZ., Bernadette (Rick Hall) White Bear, White Shield, ND, Marti (Terry) Stevenson, Bismarck, ND, Kath1yn White Bear, Garrison, ND and Sharon White Bear, Fargo, ND.

Her second family was with Howard Wilkinson, Sr. They had Diane (Bill) McLaughlin, White Shield, ND, Tillie Wilkinson, White Shield, ND, and Howard “Joey” Wilkinson, Jr. She loved her family, her 16 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. She has many nieces, nephews, and relatives whom she loved.

She is survived by her sister, Kathrine Real Bird, Crow Agency, MT and her brother, Matthew Mason, New Town, ND.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Leona and William Deane Jr., husband, Howard Wilkinson, Sr., sons, Myron David White Bear, Michael White Bear, and Howard “Joey” Wilkinson, Jr., sisters, Marie Wells and Marcella White, brothers, Kenneth Deane, Sr., and Gerald Deane, granddaughter, Lisa Wilkinson.



We are grateful to the people who came to the visitation with Rosary and funeral of our mother Delores Wilkinson.  She will always be loved and remembered by family, relatives, and friends.  Thank you for the prayers, donations, kind words, encouragement, food and help in every way.  We will always remember and be grateful to the people who were there for us.

Bernadette (Rick Hall) White Bear

Marti (Terry) Stevenson Family

James (Teresa) White Bear Family

Kathryn White Bear

Sharon White Bear and son Wacey White Bear Dunn

Jeffrey (Tammi) White Bear Family

Diane (Bill) McLaughlin Family

Tillie Wilkinson

Relatives and friends, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren