Arthur “Catka” Janis


Funeral Services for 65-year old Arthur “Catka” Janis are Wed, April 10, 2024 at 11:00 at the On Common Ground Church,  610 St Francis Street in Rapid City, with Minister Jonathan Old Horse officiating and traditional Lakota services by Keith Janis

Cremation will follow the services with burial at a later date

A one-night wake service starts Tues, April 9, at 4:00 at the On Common Ground Church in Rapid City with evening services at 7:00

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Arthur Martin Janis “Catka” was born on Sept 6, 1958 in Pine Ridge Sd to James H. Janis and Merrietta Joan (Thompson) Janis. Arthur made his journey to the Spirit World on April 1, 2024 at the Monument Health Home Plus Hospice in Rapid City, SD.

Arthur is survived by his daughter Alisa Watson; grandchildren Shalene Red Bird, Artemasa Wounded Head, and Reuben Wounded Head III; great-grandchildren Roman Roybal, Ila Roybal, Aviana Roybal, Aurora Miller, Deimos Wounded Head, Rosalani Wounded Head, Alyana Wounded Head, Alyzar Wounded Head, and Layne Wounded Head; siblings James W Janis, Keith Janis, Esther Erikson, Darwin J Janis, Stanley T Janis, Cora Chapman, Lamont David Janis, Arlene Francis Broken Rope, and Maxine Joan Broken Rope; uncle Thomas Janis; aunt Esther Trullinger; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Arthur was preceded in death by his spouse Kathy M Bianas; great-grandbaby Boy Wounded Head; parents James J Janis and Merrietta Joan (Thompson) Janis; brothers Christopher Michael Janis and Jeffrey Lynn Janis; paternal grandparents Edward and Ellen (Rouse) Janis; and his maternal grandparents Merle & Cora (Traversie) Thompson 

Pallbearers are Reuben Wounded Head III, Darwin Janis, Stanley Janis, Keith Janis, Jack Trullinger, Ronald Trullinger, and Lamont Janis. 

Honorary pallbearers will be the American Indian Movement, We Will Remember Survival Group, Oyuhpe Tokala, Warrior Women Society, Wanbli Ska Society, Debra Jeffries, Earl Tall & Family, Rudolfo Red Dog, Leo Rousseau & Family, and all his friends and relatives.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Sioux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Arthur Janis.