Bennett Hard Heart


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Funeral services for 68-year old Bennett Hard Heart are Sat, Feb 12, 2022 at 2:00 at the Advent Chapel in the Calico Community of Pine Ridge, SD, with Fr Edmund Yainao, S.J., officiating and traditional Lakota Services by Mr Richard Broken Nose

Burial is at the Holy Rosary Mission Catholic Cemetery in Pine Ridge

A one-night wake service starts Friday, February 11, at the Advent 

Bennett Christopher Hard Heart was born on August 11, 1953 in Pine Ridge, SD to Edward Charles Hard Heart and Ruth Marie (Poor Bear) Hard Heart. Bennett made his journey to the Spirit World on February 1, 2022 at the Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City, SD.

Bennett participated in many rodeos. He was a bare-back rider, a bronc rider, and helped his cousin break horses. He started a fast pitch team called the ‘Pine Ridge Reds’ from 1975-76. He was a fancy dancer in powwows. 

On August 31, 1971, he married Francine Broken Nose. From their union, they had four children. 

Bennett is survived by his spouse, Francine Broken Nose; daughters, Beneva Hard Heart of Hot Springs, SD, Ardean Hard Heart of Rapid City, SD, and Sheila Hard Heart & Wanbli Hard Heart, both of Pine Ridge, SD; brothers, Bennet “Lil Ben” Hard Heart and Jeremy Waters, both of Pine Ridge, SD, and Patrick Hard Heart; sisters, Sharlene Hard Heart, Carol Hard Heart, Sharon “Faye” Hard Heart, and Rosalda Nelson; brothers, Ricky Starr and Maurei Kingi; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. 

Bennett was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Charles Hard Heart and Ruth Marie (Poor Bear) Hard Heart; daughter, Twila “Twiggy” Hard Heart; brothers, Edward “Bopeep” Hard Heart, Ronald “Ronnie” Hard Heart, and Alvin Hard Heart; sisters, Helen Hard Heart and Rose Susanna Hard Heart; and niece, TroyLynn Good Buffalo.

Pallbearers will be Cole Clements, Kobe Gray Grass, Darrell Trueblood, Jr., Jeff Hard Heart, Mike Hard Heart, Jesson Warrior, and Donovan Good Buffalo.

Honorary pallbearers will be Richard “Sonny Boy” Little Hawk, John Bill & Robert “Pretty Face” Sierra, Wesley Little Hawk & family, Floyd Running Hawk, Harley Cottier, Sonja Holy Eagle, Hoksila Poor Bear & family, Janie & Dan Rodriguez & family, Loretta Little Hawk & family, Simone Little Hawk & family, Benji Kelley, Corwin Bagola & family, Little Hawk families, special friends: Wilma Returns from Scout, Gertrude “Faye” Red Cloud, Delilah White Dress, Dorothy Weston & family, Sylvia Tobacco & family, All Catches & Tobacco families, and all nieces, nephews, friends & relatives. 

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD