Joanna Fool Head-Brewer


Funeral services for 44-year old Joanna Fool Head-Brewer are Friday, July 5, 2024 at 10:00 at the Rockyford School Gymnasium in Rockyford, SD, with Mother Michelle Dayton officiating and traditional Lakota services by Hawkeye Montileaux and Sundown Montileaux

Burial is at the Montileaux Family Cemetery, Kyle, SD

A two-night wake service starts Wed, July 3, 2024 at 2:00 at the Rockyford School Gymnasium in Rockyford with roll call at 3:00 and evening services at 7:00. The second night evening services start at 5:00 on the 4th of July.

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It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Joanna Fool Head-Brewer, a beloved and prominent community member of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Born on February 12, 1980, Joanna’s life was marked by her dedication, compassion, and unwavering commitment to her people.

Joanna served in the public safely department for over 15 years and was a police officer for 5 years. She served with distinction, known for her thoughtfulness and deep care for the community she served. Her presence brought comfort and security to many, and her actions consistently reflected her strong sense of justice and empathy.

Joanna passed away on June 25, 2024, Victory Day. This day commemorates the Lakota’s victory over Custer and his 7th Cavalry. It is fitting that Joanna departed this world on such a day, joining the warriors and Wakinyan who took her home.

Joanna was deeply loved by everyone she met. She was a light everywhere she went, always ready to help selflessly if she knew anyone needed it. Her generosity and kindness left a lasting impact on all who had the privilege of knowing her. She was a great daughter, mother, and police officer, excelling in each role with love and dedication.

Joanna’s legacy will live on in the hearts and memories of those who knew her.

She is survived by her family, friends, and the countless lives she touched through her work and her kindness; Spouse, Dylan Brewer and his family; Kids, Rosie Fool Head and her spouse Michael Dillon, Alfredo Anaya, Manuelito Anaya and his spouse Breanna Jumping Eagle, Emilio Gomez, Jase Lone Hill, and Eve Lone Hill; Her Mom and Dad, Sheralda Montileaux and Manuel Fool Head; Sisters, Alvina “Lynn” Montileaux, Suzanna Trevino, Lenora Fool Head, Cassandra Fool Head, Gabriella “Elmo” Montileaux, Becky Ann Cottier, Kimimila Jack, Carrie Romero, and Shania Archambeau; Brothers, Harold Fool Head and Joseph Fool Head.

She is also survived by Nieces and Nephews, Delane Gomez, Lacy Mercedes, Simone Montileaux, Esperanza Montileaux, Elden Montileaux, Jeremiah Montileaux, Antonio Richards and his brothers, Harold and his kids and his spouse Scuya, Rosemary Trevino, Maria Montileaux, Saydee Bear Robe, Syriah Means/Fool Head, Helena Fool Head, Amerae Bear Robe, Leavan Star Comes Out; Theresa Montileaux and spouse Raphael Mendoza, Helena Lee Vigil & Family, Sheralda Rae Mendoza & Family, Asah Mendoza & Family, Francis Montileaux, Ann Montileaux, Toni Montileaux & Family, Will Montileaux & Family, Joleen Montileaux, Katari Montileaux, Bill Montileaux, Amber Montileaux, Moses Montileaux & Family, Larry Montileaux & Family, Pauline Montileaux, Rita Red Owl, Vanessa Shangreaux-Kills In Water & Family, Jared Shangreaux, Celena Red Owl-Curry & Family, Connie Two Crow and Trina Two Crow & Family; and numerous other friends, family, nieces, and nephews. 

Joanna was preceded in death by Ray Fool Head, Helena Bull Bear- Montileaux, John Brewer, Dillion Montileaux, Paris Janis, Jojo Montileaux, Denise Bear Runner and Mel & Geneva Lone Hill.

Pallbearers will be Alfredo Anaya, Manuelito Anaya, Emilio Gomez, Jase Lone Hill, Antonio Richards, and Michael Dillon.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ivan Starr, Jerod Weston, Felix Nez, Jarrian Ribitsch, Ray Fast Wolf and Regaleen Little Killer, Clayton Ten Fingers & Family, Danya Rojo, Carrie Romero & Family, Naomi Sitting Up & Family, Eula Yellow Boy & Family, Jean Whirlwind Horse & Family, Raquel Soloman & Family, Karly Two Crow & Family, Ramon Marrufo & Family, Alan Romero & Family, Peter Plenty Bulls & Family, Kevin Klesh & Family, Jennifer Pettigrew and John Pettigrew & Family, Troy Ferguson & Family, Whitney Akers & Richard Kumley, Kyle & Sam Bourne, Devon’s, Trina, Roxi, and Devonna Lone Hill and the Lone Hill Family, Carleen Janis & Family, Derek Puckett & Family, Andrew Twiss & Family, Joyce Goings & Family, Daus Rabbit & Family, Darla Black & Family, Kateri & Sarge Denny, Stadnick Family, OST Administration Staff, OST Communications Officers past and present, OST Department of Public Safety, OST Department of Corrections, All Police Officers, Highway Safety Troopers, OST Ambulance Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Criminal Investigation Department.

Her spirit will continue to inspire and guide the community she loved so dearly.

Arrangements entrusted with the Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD