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Brenda Lee Hall Dvorak
Date of Birth7/15/1963
Place of BirthWatford City, North Dakota
Date of Death1/13/2011
ResidenceBismarck, North Dakota

Funeral Mass for Brenda Hall-Dvorak, 46 of Bismarck, ND will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 17, 2011, at the Mandaree School with Father Steve Kranz officiating.

Burial will be in the Congregational Cemetery, Mandaree, ND.

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Brenda Lee Hall Dvorak was born in Watford City, ND on July 15, 1963 to Leland and Audrey RabbitHead Hall. She is a member of the “Dripping Dirt” (Awaxia) Clan and a child of the Low Cap (EE Puu Gah Maa Gaa) Clan.
She is the youngest of eight children. She attended elementary and high school at the Mandaree School and graduated in 1979. Brenda obtained her Bachelor’s degree in secondary education at Dickinson State University in Dickinson, ND in 1983. Then, she obtained her Masters Degree in Business Management at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND in 2002.
Brenda was united in marriage to Lawrence E. Dvorak Sr. on January 9, 1993 in Dickinson, ND. They are the proud parents of two sons, Lee Queen and Lawrence Jr. (LJ). Brenda and Lawrence built a home in Bismarck, ND and made that their permanent residence.
She worked for Fort Berthold Community College as a GED instructor and helped many tribal members receive their GED certificate.
After graduation from college, Brenda worked at United Tribes Technical College as the Indian Studies Coordinator and developed a Tribal Management degree program.
In June 2003, she was selected as the local planning committee chair for the National Congress of American Indians, mid-year conference at Bismarck, North Dakota.
In 2005, she was selected by the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation as the National Lewis and Clark Signature Event Coordinator “Reunion at the Home of Sakakawea” for the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Event.
Brenda was very proud of her children’s abilities and accomplishments. Her son Lee is an accomplished musician and is well-known throughout ND. He is the founding member and the lead guitarist of the band Blackout, formerly known as Phoenix. She is his biggest fan and attended as many shows as possible and looked forward to hearing him play her favorite songs.
She was temporarily residing in Rochester, MN with her son LJ, who is a goalie for the Rochester Ice Hawks, a Tier 3 hockey team. LJ has been to the ND State High School Boys Hockey Championship game for 2 consecutive years and has taken the 16 U National tournament in Westchester, PA and earned a championship ring. She believed in his Hockey abilities like no one else and dedicated herself to that by moving to Rochester, Minnesota for L.J. to fulfill his goals and in hopes of him becoming a professional NHL Hockey Player someday. L.J.’s team is currently #1 in the MJHL Junior A Tier 3 Hockey League. He is also a Senior in High School and is looking forward to his graduation this spring.
Brenda was a champion fancy shawl dancer on the pow wow circuit for many years traveling throughout the United States and Canada and was well-known for her numerous titles, awards, accomplishments and she was extremely proud of her culture and heritage and was known for her love of the drum and dance. She also enjoyed running for pleasure and competition. During her years at Dickinson State, she was a member of the DSU Blue Hawk track team. She especially excelled at the 1500 meter run and set the fastest time for the university which still stands today.
Brenda Lee Hall-Dvorak is survived by her husband, Lawrence Edward Dvorak Sr. (Bismarck) and sons, Lee Phillip Queen (Crystal) (Bismarck), and Lawrence Edward Dvorak Jr. (Bismarck-Rochester, MN). Brothers, Leland J. Hall (Jerry) Bismarck, ND, Melvin L. Hall (Bismarck, ND), Tex G. Hall (Tiffiany) Mandaree and Titus Hall (New Town). Sisters Judy Hall-Hood (Carson) New Town, Patsy Hall-Hammeren (Bismarck, ND), and Debbie Hall-Thompson (Robert) Dickinson. She is survived by numerous nephews including but not limited to, Lane and Ty Thompson, Justin Hammeren, Speedy Bruce, Richard Hall, Nathan and Tyler Little Soldier, Carson Hood Jr., Jacy Rabbithead, Wesley, Wylee, Whitney, Jarvis, and Walter Bearstail. Dale and Everett Hall and niece, Melissa Hood-Spotted Bear. She is also survived by her great nephews, Tekoah Hood and Brayden Hammeren.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Audrey Rabbithead-Hall and Leland Hall Sr., brother Byron Hall, maternal grandparents, Steven and Lucy Rabbithead, Paternal grandparents, James and Sarah Fredericks-Hall, and special uncle Melvin Rabbithead.
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