Funeral services for 33-year old Duane “DJ” Big Crow Jr are Friday, June 24, 2022, at 10:00 at the Duane “Syrup” Big Crow residence north of #4 Community with traditional Lakota services by Joe Giago.
DJ will be cremated and interred at his dad’s residence at a later time.
A one-night wake starts Thurs, June 23rd, at 1:00, also at the Duane “Syrup” Big Crow residence north of #4 Community.
Duane “DJ” Louis Big Crow Jr “Wahacanka Tokiya” was born on February 8, 1989, in Gallup, NM, to Bess Dee and Duane Louis Big Crow Sr. DJ began his journey to the Spirit World on June 11, 2022, at his home in Gallup.
DJ is Oglala Lakota from Hunkpati band.
Naakai dine’é dashicheii
Ákót’éego diné hastiin nishłį
DJ is survived by his daughters Francine (Devon Red Cloud) and Brylei (Chelsea Ross); sons Draven (Shawnee Red Bear) and Dante; parents Bess and Duane; sisters Jhoni and Thelma Big Crow; nieces Destiny and Anpo; and nephews Wiyaka, Mahpiya, and Wakinyan.
DJ will be greeted in the spirit world by his maternal grandparents Esther Dee and Earl Dee; paternal grandparents Marcella Big Crow-Mills and James Big Crow; aunties Theresa Black Bull and Geraldine Merchant; uncles Chester “Chad” Dee, Walt Big Crow, Gerald “Jump” Big Crow, and Benjamin “Ben” Big Crow; and many more relatives.
Pallbearers for DJ are Mike Janis, Matt Plume, Hoss Boucher, Wiyaka Big Crow, Kenny Apple, Steven Swallow Jr., Joey Toledo, Jon Provost, Beau Big Crow, and Koby Morrisette.
Honorary pallbearers are Danny Dee & family, Dyllis Roland & family, Pauline Herrera & family, Mary Boucher & family, Robert “Bobby Lee” Big Crow & family, Joyce (Shorty) Brewer & family, James “Jay” Big Crow & family, Timothy “Tim” Big Crow & family, Elizabeth “Liz” (Ernie) Little & family, Rita Big Crow & family, Ruth Pourier & family, Raymond “Ray” (Sue) Big Crow & family, Ollie Big Crow & family, Diane (Dennis) Painte & family, Bessie (George) Dreamer & family, Erma Big Crow & family, Brenda (Tony) Zimiga & family. Rick & Ethleen Two Dogs, Joe & Randi Giago & family. All Big Crow families, Iron Cloud families, Warren Giago (Penny), Gene Giago (Cindy), and all Giago families, Twiss families, Bettelyoun families, Lunderman families, Little families, Mills families, DeCory families, Weston families, Bear families, Weasel Bear families, Bear Runner families, Cuny families, Ruff families, Tobacco families, Frank families, Ross families, Cross families, Jacobs families, Steele families, Garnier families, Black Horn families, Morrisette Families, Ghost Bear families, Champagne family, Fort Wingate High School 1987-1996 football players, coaches, and families (Coaches Gary Schuster, Adam Bull, Al Martinez, Ray Holtsoi, Jim Gertner), Roberto Clemente Gallup City Little League Astros players, parents/coaches, Pine Ridge High School class of 2007, Pine Ridge High School football and basketball players and coaches 2004-2007, all Tasunke Wakan & Mila Yatan Pika wiwayang waci relatives, all family and friends we may have missed at this difficult time.
DJ has been entrusted to the care of Sioux Funeral Home in Pine Ridge, SD.