Deidra Jackson

(Aru cá awi awicagi)

February 18, 1986 – November 10, 2021

Deidra Jackson, 35, New Town, died Wednesday, November 10, 2021, near Mandaree.

Deidra Ashley Jackson was born February 18, 1986, in Minot, to Kathleen Hall and Darrell Jackson, Sr. She was a child of the Prairie Chicken Clans and a member of the Water Buster Clan. She was given the name Aru cá awi awicagi which means “To Be Friendly”. 

Deidra was raised in New Town where she attended Edwin Loe Elementary and New Town High School. She received her GED at Burdick Job Corps in Minot and obtained her CNA (certified nursing assistant) certificate.  She worked as a CNA at Rock View Nursing Home in Parshall, ND, and for the Human Resource Department for Three Affiliated Tribes.

In 2010, Deidra was blessed with her son, Canden Chadwick Cummings. She loved him with her whole heart and loved spending time with him. She was especially close with her brother D.J. Jackson they shared a special bond that no one could break. 

Each day she worked hard to be the best person she could be. As her traditional name translates, she was friendly, had a heart of gold, and was always smiling. Deidra was humorous, loved to joke, tell stories, and make her friends and family laugh.  Deidra was a fierce protector and would protect her family sometimes at her own expense. Deidra loved and cherished our Elders and spent a lot of her time listening and taking care of them. 

Deidra is survived by her mother, Kathleen Hall; son, Canden Cummings; brother, Darrell “DJ” Jackson, Jr.; sister, Connie Azure; nieces, Ashton Gardipee, Alexus Wilkinson, Janice Hall, Oaklyn Whitman, and Roycelyn Whitman; nephews, Anthony McKay, Jr., JoDee Whitman, and Colston Whitman; aunts, Sue Hall Big Crow, Janice Hall, Frances Hall-Mossett, Maryann Connor, Noreen Hall-Mossett, Bonnie Blake, Beatrice Fettig, Clarine DeGroot, Iris Jackson, and Jackie Jackson; uncles, Ethan Hall, Danny Hall, Curtis Hall, Royce Jackson, Jerome Dancing Bull, and.

She was preceded in death by her father, Darrell “Duke” Jackson; maternal grandparents, William and Esther (Medicine Crow) Hall; paternal grandparents, Raymond and Aletha (Parshall) Jackson, and uncle, Byron Jackson.


Family and Friends Gathering: Sunday, November 14, 2021, from 2-4 p.m. at Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall

Wake: Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. at Northern Lights Community Center, New Town

Funeral: Monday, November 15, 2021, at 10 a.m. at the Community Center

Burial: Holy Family US Scout Catholic Cemetery, rural New Town

Senior Pallbearer Chalayne Baker (Chicken Clan Aunt)