Paul Yankton Jr. (Cankdeska Cikana) 68, entered the Spirit World February 5, 2014 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks N.D.

Paul Yankton Jr. (Cankdeska Cikana) 68,  entered the Spirit World February 5, 2014 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks N.D.

Mass of the Resurrection for Paul will be held on Wednesday, February 12 at 10 a.m. at Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Devils Lake with Fr. Charles Leute OP celebrating the Mass.

The Wake for Paul will be held at the Candeska Cikana Community College Gymnasium on Tuesday, February 11 beginning at 5 p.m. with a Rosary and prayer service at 7 p.m.  The procession to the College will leave from Paul Yankton’s home at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Music will be the Drum Group Spirit Lake Singers, Tony & Vina McDonald and other Drum groups are  welcome.

Paul Jacob, son of Paul Yankton Sr. and Christine Thomas was born on February 28, 1945 at Fort Totten, ND.

Paul was an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Nation.  He lived his life in Crow Hill.  Paul attended schools in St. Michael, Wahpeton, and Fort Totten N.D., and graduated from Maddock High School N.D in 1964.

He started his employment career with the SLST in 1974 with the CAP program (Community Action Program), 1974 to 1977, worked for Murray and Beth Johnson at their grocery store in Fort Totten, 1977 to 1983 he again worked for SLST in the Finance Office, 1983 to present he became the Owner/Manager of Paul’s Grocery, Gas and Laundry in Fort Totten.  Paul was one of the first enrolled members to own and operate his own business thru the good and tough times and remains opens to this day.
Paul was on the Fort Totten Public School and Tate Topa Elementary School Board, Cankdeska Cikana Board of Regents for 32 years, KAbU radio station and Dakota Tribal Industries for a time.

He was an advocate for education, especially when it came to the youth.
Paul loved and enjoyed watching Four Winds sporting events. He was one true Four Winds fan along with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Viking, and Minnesota Twins which he and his best cuzzan, Glen Walking Eagle would go every summer  to Minneapolis to watch play. He also liked to go to the Casino when he could to get a good came of cards (Poker) in.

Paul always helped his people and the tribal entities throughout the years. He sponsored a lot of basketball, baseball, and softball teams (youth, men’s and women’s).

Pallbearers will be all his grandsons, Jonathan, Anthony, Nicholas, Travis, Weston, Brent, Jacob, Dedrick, Trevor, baby Paul, baby Doug, Jayden, Jordan, Chandler, Kale, Julian, Julius, Devin, Jonah, and Liam. Honorary pallbearers are Penny Haugen, Bruce Walking Eagle, Wayne (Paola) Trottier Jr., Walter (Sharon) Hollifield, Dr. Roger Johnson, Dr. Richard Johnson, Rita Belgarde, Patricia Walking Eagle, Cindy Lindquist family, Don and Carmen Two Bears, Don Medicine Horse, Jimmy Star, Dave and Nicole Archambualt, Butch Thunder Hawk, George Thunder Hawk, Beverly Luger and family, Ray and Cynthia Moore, Joan Luger and family, Val and Ann Finley family, Perry Kopp, Gabe Kapeska, Vern and Velma Lambert family, Ruth and Arne Tollefson family, Carol Black, Duane (Robin), Rick, Denny, and Terry Smith family, Frances Smith, Butch and Diane Lohnes family, Bob and Erietta McKay, Kenneth and Florestine Dunn family, Delemma Greywater, Larry and Myrna Greene family, Roger and Laurie Laurens family, Bernice Cavanaugh-John family, Sharon and Albin Georgeson family, Gerald (Buzz) Jensen, Tracey (Buzz) Charboneau, Joyce Wood, Michelle Iron Heart, Ron Eagle Man, Ramona Cannon and family, Brenda Robertson and family, Jeannie and Connie Charboneau family, Barbara Robertson and family, Robert (Horse) Charboneau and family, Faye Fournier and family, Erica Gourneau and family, Darren Walking Eagle, Ricky Walking Eagle, Neil, Shelly, Misty, and Marv Luger, Marlis Jetty, Lili Demarce, Helena Littleghost, Elizabeth (Libby) Littleghost, Elizabeth Robertson, Jimmy Burnelle, all of the Red Fox family, Duane Jackson Sr. and family, all of the Jackson family, Richard Yankton and family, Andrew Demarce Sr. and family, Brandon Thomas and family, Myra Pearson and family, Clarise Brownshield, Trina Brownshield, Dr. Jacqueline Downs and Mercy Hospital Staff, Fort Totten Dist. 30 Public School, Tate Topa Elementary School, CCCC Board of Regents, CCCU of Devils Lake (Darwin Brokke), Spirit Lake Casino Poker, Vendors-Frito Lay (Darren Haugen), Wholesale, JS Vending, Coca-Cola Company (Rick Otto), 7-Up Company (Dan Leach), Munchie out of Bismarck,  James Sr., Roger Sr., Quentin Yankton, Celeste, Jackie Yankton, Paulette (Jerry) Lenoir, Clarise (Josie) Lawrence, Andrea (Roger) Iron Shield, Carl (Barbara) Walking Eagle Sr. family, Martina (William) Kazena family, Kermit (Caroline) Walking Eagle family, Ronald (Lorna) Walking Eagle Sr. family, Charlene, Jeannette, Jeanne Walking Eagle family, Phyllis Luger, Grandpa Joe Littlewind family, John and Mona Chaske family, Corrine Chaske and family, Lisa Chaske, Winfield Chaske Sr. family, Bernice Chaske, Millicent Little family, Judi Ami and family, the late Marlene Anderson family, The late auntie Lillian Mudgett family, Clara Brown and family, Diaz family, Francis (Fenchie) Brown and family, Demus McDonald family, Tony and Vina McDonald family, Tessie Brown and family, Myrna Demarce and family, Darrell E. Smith, Nathan (Jim) Smith, Marilyn Mountain, Charles and Ernestine Foote, Stephanie Foote, Sharlene Foote, Kelly Foote, Cletus Foote, Patsy Hart and family, all of Sisseton S.D. family.  If we forgot anyone please forgive us in our time of grieving. Thank you

Paul Yankton Jr. is survived by the love of his life and best friend he gave everything to, Joanne Smith; children, Jonathan (Robin) Yankton, Douglas (Sara) Yankton, Paula Yankton, Justin (Brooke) Yankton, Joy (Justin) Azure, Tara Yankton, Michaela (Jeremy) Smith, Robin McKay; special grandchildren he raised, ?J.J., Tony, Nick, Travis, Trevor, and his lil man, Liam, and  other grandchildren, Sadie, Taylor Jo, baby Doug, Dedrick, Jayden Jordan, Jay, Weston, Bethany, Chandler, Chloe, Trista, Jacob, Sasha, Jaela, Kale, Christine, Kiesha, Brent, baby Paul, Julian, Julius, J.W., Devin, Kaylee, Jonah, Mahpaya, Lovelee, and Lorant, Great-Grand Children- Zander, baby Tony, Eden Georgeson, Kashus, Gianni Yankton; adopted family, Iris (Raymond) Cavanaugh, Hayden, Harley, Brady, and Paris who all called him Grandpa Paul; mother, Christine (Thomas) Alex; brothers, Daniel Cavanaugh Jr., Marty (Georgia) Alex, Michael Thomas Jr., Richard ?Jinx?  (Marie) Thomas, Adrian (Charlene) Thomas, Casey Thomas; sisters, Julieann (Willard) Herald, Luwonna Cavanaugh, Jeannie (Leon) Reddog, Donna Ray (Andrew Sr.) Morin, Marilyn (Bubbles), Joyce, Wanda, and Cynthia Thomas; aunts,Lorraine Greybear and Delores Yankton;
Reunited with ? his father, Paul Yankton Sr., paternal Grandpa Alex and Angeline Yankton; maternal grandparents, Michael and Rosalie (Littlewind) Thomas; uncles, Richard and Herbert Thomas, Melvin Greybear Sr., Andrew,  James Sr., Giles Yankton; Aunts, Lillian Mudgett, Winifred Thomas, Catherine Yankton; and his besties, Glen Walking Eagle and Phillip John Young.

Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, is in charge of arrangements.