Mary Ann Sandoval

  • DIED: January 1, 2013
  • LOCATION: Fort Yates, North Dakota

Funeral services for Mary Sandoval, 44, of Fort Yates, formerly of Cheyenne, WY, will be Thursday, Jan. 10 at 11:00AM, CST at St.Peter's Catholic Mission, 1 MissionDr., Ft. Yates. Burial follows at the Young Family Cemetery, rural Ft. Yates, under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home, Mobridge. Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00PM Wednesday at the Standing Rock Tribal Office, Bldg. 1, N. River Road, Ft. Yates, and from 5:00-12:00AM at A.J. Agard Building, 1354 Buffalo Avenue, Ft. Yates, with wake services at 7:00PM. Mary entered the spirit world January 1, 2013 in Cody WY.

Mary Ann Sandoval "Nagiiyoptewin" (Spirit Passes Through), was born to Sharon (Young) Sandoval and the late Joseph Francis Sandoval in Los Angeles, California September 2, 1968. She attended Fort Yates Public School and Standing Rock Community School, later graduating from Trinidad, Colorado High School. After high school, Mary attended North Dakota State University, and in 1992 earned her AA in Liberal Arts at Trinidad State Junior College. In 1997, she earned her BA in Business Administration at Regis University. In 2007, she earned her MBA, specializing in Mediation and Negotiation at Touro University.

Cpt. Mary Sandoval entered the military in 1987 as a combat medic. In 2000, she attended Officer Candidate School and chose the Adjutant General Corps (the army's human resource branch) as her primary specialty. In 2001, she received her officer's commission from President George W. Bush and completed her Officer Basic Course at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. Upon graduation, she was assigned as public affairs officer to the 111th Press Camp. In 2004, she was hired by the Wyoming National Guard as a Plan and Operations Officer and performed the duties of both her public affairs unit and operations support for Wyoming's domestic emergency planning. She was called to support Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita relief operations in 2005. Mary was promoted from 2nd Lt. to 1st Lt. on November 5, 2005. She attended Battalion Administrative Officer School and the US Army Anti-terrorism Program Manager School in 2006. Cpt. Sandoval completed her MBA, specializing in Mediation and Negotiation in 2007. She attended the Army's Information course at the US Army's Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas in 2008. Mary graduated the course as the second Army officer in the rank of First Lieutenant. Then in her continued service, Mary was promoted to Captain on February 19 of 2009.

A highlight of Captain Sandoval's military career was her participation in rescue operations during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Hurricane Katrina was the deadliest and most destructive Atlantic hurricane of the season, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the U.S. 1,833 people perished in the hurricane and subsequent floods, making it the deadliest US hurricane in history. Cpt. Sandoval's compassion and sincerity for mankind was evident in the Army values she consistently displayed as an Army Officer. If you spell out leadership as LDRSHIP, each one of those letters spells out Army values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless service, Honor, Integrity and Personal courage. Cpt. Sandoval was the consummate professional officer, and lived up to the highest standards and conduct of an Army Officer.

In 2009, Cpt. Sandoval deployed with the 115th Fires Brigade as an Information Operations Officer, collecting and analyzing intelligence and information. She also performed the duties of Civil Military Officer, interacting with Kuwait Ministries of Interior, Health and Defense. Cpt. Sandoval's decorations, medals and badges include the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award); Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award); Army Achievement Medal; Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (3rd Award); National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device.

In 2010, Mary returned to Ft. Yates when she was hired as the Education Loan/Grant manager in the Standing Rock Tribal Department of Education. In 2011, Chairman Charles W. Murphy chose Mary to be the Health Liaison as his political appointee. Mary was a self-employed business management consultant and was employed as the Assistant Chief Financial Officer for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe at the time of her passing.

Mary is the great great granddaughter of He Inyan Win, Rocky Buttes, the woman warrior "in the surround' at the Battle of the Greasy Grass in 1876 (the Little Big Horn). Mary is the great great great granddaughter of Nagiiyoptewin, (Spirit Passes Through). Mary was named after this grandmother, who was a prisoner of war at Fort Snelling, after the Dakota People were rounded up in Minnesota in 1862.

Those left to mourn her passing include her four sons, Erick Williams of Trinidad, CO, Cody, Noah and Garrett Schofield of Cheyenne, WY and an adopted daughter, Dani Larson, Cody, WY; her mother, Sharon (Young) Sandoval and her brothers, Joel (Benita) Sandoval and Chris Young all of Ft. Yates, ND; brother-in-law, Ray Schofield of Ft. Collins, CO; mother and father-in-law, Ken & Doris Schofield, Cody, WY; aunts, Frances (Robert) Silk, Selfridge, ND, Carole Sue Little Owl (Bill), Solen, ND, Bette Jean Manning and Debra Unno, Ft. Yates, ND, Margaret (Benjamin) Montano, Segundo, CO, Louise (Gene) Castillo, Trinidad, CO, Mary Eccher Sandoval, Trinidad, CO, Ellen (Jeff Robinson), Trinidad, CO; hunka aunts, Kathy Vallee and Carol Sanders of Ft. Yates, ND; special uncle, Alfonso Sonny (Frances) Sandoval, Aurora, CO, Anthony (Victoria) Sandoval, San Pedro, CA, Claude Lamorie, Brighton, CO, Ralph (Cathy) Sandoval, Trinidad, CO, Raymond (Chris) Sandoval, Florida and Eugene Pepper (Phyllis) Young, Ft. Yates; special nephew, Morgan Silk, Jr. along with numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins too numerous to list.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Sandoval; her brother, Morgan Zeke Silk; foster brother, Christopher Little Bird; grandparents, Gabe Young, John Bailey, Mary Yellow Lodge Bailey and Alfonso & Ramona Sandoval.

Funeral Service
  • January 10, 2013
    11:00 AM
  • St. Peter's Catholic Mission
  • 200 Church Street
  • Ft. Yates, ND 58538
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