Alvin Dale Dog Taking Gun

Alvin Dale Dog Taking Gun was born on April 12, 1979, to Alvin and Sissy. He was taken from us tragically on March 3, 2020. 

Alvin grew up in Browning, Mont., and resided there until his death. Alvin Dale grew up in a loving family and was raised with his brothers and sisters and many cousins. He was raised by his mother, Sissy Hall Grant, whom he loved dearly. 

Alvin Dale became a part of Joe Bird Rattler’s Indian Relay Family and became a son and brother to Joe Bird Rattler’s family. He will be truly missed by them.

Alvin Dale’s friends became his brothers, and he will be truly missed by Ed Bird Rattler, Barry Bird Rattler, Warren DesRosier and James “Bojay” Glaze, Travis Reed and Leonard “Ponoke” Mad Plume.

Alvin Dale is preceded in death by his mother Sissy, grandmother Hazel Hall, aunties Kathy “Mousie” Flammond and Susie Hall, and Uncle “Big” Hall and father Alvin. 

He is survived by brothers Clinton Valandra, Ron (Denille) Valandra, Clement (Teri) Valandra, Shannon (Roylynn) Grant; and by sisters Val “Sweetie” Valandra, Dulce (Gary) Whitford, Tracy (Tim) Valandra, Loretta (Johnny) Cosner and Robin Grant; his nephews Craig, Josh, Jaeger, Daunte, Brandon, Dylan, Dale, Paul, Noah, Jhett, Jesse, Chatum, Royce, Troy and Chevy; and his nieces Taylor, Kristin, Katie, Sydne, Jerika, Lila, Braylee, Haylee, Zoey, Giavonna, Destiny, Araya, Brianna, Abbie, Zionya, Aiyahna, Sissylynn, Gracie, Ember, Shayla and Henlee; and goddaughter Shyla Bird Rattler; his uncles John Lee Hall and Mike Hall; his aunties Penny Bird, Bonnie Matt and Laurie Hall Belkham. He had many good friends who he called brother who will miss him dearly.

Brother, uncle and friend, you are missed every day and words cannot express the love we have for you. We know you are in heaven with mom and all our relatives, until we see you again.


In My Mind

Somewhere in my dreams tonight

I’ll see you standing there.

You look at me with a smile,

“Life isn’t always fair.”

You say you were chosen for His garden,

His preciously handpicked bouquet.

“God really needed me, that’s why I couldn’t stay.”

It’s said that angels are

Sent from above.

I’ve always had my angel,

My brother – whose heart was

Filled with love.

Whenever the ocean meets the sky,

There will be memories of you and I.

When I look at the sky so blue,

All I see are visions of you.

“While there is a heart in me, you’ll be a part of me.”