Aloysius “Al” Big Hair, Jr.

Aloysius Big Hair, Jr., 76 went to be with his Lord on February 23, 2019.  He was born June 17, 1942 to Aloysius Big Hair, Sr. and Agnes Birdinground in Crow Agency. He was raised by John Holds, Sr., whom he considered as his dad.  He was given his Indian name Baliakaawiilatish (Never Does Anything Wrong) by Bearground. He is a Greasy Mouth and a child of the Bad War Deeds Clan. Al grew up in Garryowen.  He went to Flandreau High School in Flandreau, SD and graduated from Lodge Grass High School in 1964. He went to vocational school and earned his heavy equipment operators’ certificate. He was an avid horseman at a young age, breaking horses and being a mugger or rider with the Brothers Indian Relay Team.  While in high school at Flandeau, he excelled in basketball and track.  He was a State Champion Track team member setting a track record in the 800-medley relay in 1961.  He was also a State Champion in boy’s basketball while at Flandreau.  As a young boy, he loved to Hot Dance at various pow wows and parades.  He traveled with the late Gary Not Afraid to rodeos where he would place and make money. He was a good bull rider and with his winnings bought his parents a new car.  He was our Champion Bull rider in our eyes.  Al also trained barrel horses for his daughters.  ‘Jack’ was the best barrel horse he ever trained and was prideful about it.  Al had a love for horses.  He was also one of the best singers.  He sang with the Big Sky Singers and Mad Dog singers at various pow wows.  While singing with the Mad Dogs singers, they won many singing contests. He sang for the Black Lodge District and were the best singers during hand game tournaments.  He also threw arrows for the Black Lodge District and was one of the highest scorers.  He mostly loved to sing peyote songs and he was considered a great drummer.  Al was good at what he did and truly lived up to his name given to him by Bearground.       

 Al married the mother of his four daughters, Aldean, Dalean, Dorcus and Joaney and later divorced.  In 1983, he married Ruby Half and theywere together for 34 years.  The couple made their home in the Garryowen area.  Al raised Jasper and Alwade as his own.  He took Cameron Three Irons as a son whom he loved to peyote with.   Al worked for BIA roads department for several years.    He also worked at the Westmoreland Mines in Sarpy for several years as a heavy equipment operator.  He was considered one of the best operators in his time and continued to do so when needed.  He was currently working for the Crow Tribe as a heavy equipment operator.   Al was always proud and supportive of his children and grandchildren especially his first great granddaughter, MaShaya Alden whom he gave her Indian name Biakaalishte Akee Deexaalaadiish (State Champion) saying that she will have his athletic ability.  Al loved and had a place in his heart for all his nieces and nephews.  He never favored one because he treated them all the same. Al will be truly be missed by his family. 

He is proceeded in death by his parents John and Agnes Holds, his father, Aloysius Big Hair, Sr. his wife Ruby Big Hair, his son Peter, his sister Joaney Champ; his brother Jacob Big Hair; his nephews Thorton “Tee” and Dennis Big Hair, Jr. and Aunt, Mary Deputy

Al is survived by his daughters, Aldean (Leo) Good Luck, Dalean (Bernard) Dust, Dorcus (Arlen) Armajo and Joaney Big Hair.; his sons, Jasper (Remi) and Alwade Half. Cameron (Tena) Three Irons and Lyle Old Elk.; his grandchildren, Staci, Dale, Christy, Trista, Chase, Melarie, Keirsten, Kererra, Spud, Kyla, Andre, Donita, Donnell, Haylee, and Harper; 25 great grandchildren, MaShaya, Terrel, Savaya, Zaddie, Dayani, Isiah, Wylie, Adriel, Zac, Thorton, Kenyon, Ceneyah, Kamber, Kaeten, Jaylyin, Sienna, Kyrie, Anayah, Jrue, Kiiara, Kyson, Aldrick, Kaizy, Sophia, and Kayben; his sisters, Velma Big Hair Fitzpatrick, Doris Hill, Sarah (Henry) Small, Denise Goes Ahead, and Noreen Big Hair; brother’s, Trunson, Dennis (Nora) Big Hair, John (Laurena) Holds, Lawrence and Sammy Big Hair, Calvin & Cyrus Leider, Kenneth and Eugene Deputy;  Adopted sister, Diane Hoffman; adopted brothers, Fred Orybi and Kirby Bromley; Aunts, Sandra Shield, Mrytle, Ruby, and Rose Ann Reed, and Annette Couture; Uncles, George Jr. and Anthony Reed. A special friend, Melody Hatten; His special family from Taree, Australia; Steve, Rhonda, Kathy, Craig, Margie, and Emma Brown

His extended family; Big Hair, Holds The Enemy, Birdinground, Weasley, Bird Hat, Old Horn, Old Coyote, Beaumont, Smart Enemy, Fighter, and Reed. If we have forgotten anyone please forgive us in our time of mourning.

Funeral mass will be celebrated 10:00 am Wednesday in the Crow Agency St. Dennis Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Garryowen Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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