Summer Sunshine Monteau

Oraa’gi Hishish

(“Sitting in the Red Sunset”) 

July 5, 1978 ~ November 21, 2021

Summer Sunshine (Monteau) Red Horn, Oraa’gi Hishish “Sitting in the Red Sunset” age 43, passed away in her home in Bismarck, ND after a long fight with illness. Summer was born in Havre, Montana to the late Deborah Good Bear of MHA Nation and Harold Monteau of the Chippewa Cree Tribe. 

Summer was extremely intelligent and excelled in her education from a young age. She graduated from Standing Rock High School and received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Montana. She lived in Missoula, Montana for part of her adult life and made many friends there. Following college, Summer held positions with the University of Montana Foundation, American Indigenous Business Leaders, United Tribes Technical College, and Four Bears Casino.  

Summer had great respect and reverence for her tribal ways and was exposed to various spiritual teachings. She grew up within the Native American Church, was baptized by the Catholic Church, and participated in the Sundance. Her Hidatsa name is Oraa’gi Hishish, “Sitting in the Red Sunset,” which was given to her by the late Alfred Driver Sr. Summer belongs to the Awaxia Clan (Dripping Dirt) and was a child of the Waterbuster Clan. 

Summer loved music and would often travel to concerts throughout the country. Some of her favorite music came from rock bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Incubus, Foo Fighters, 311, and Smashing Pumpkins. She also loved pow-wows. She would travel across Indian Country and dance with her family.  

Summer had a strong will and a strong mind. If she wanted it, she could make just about anything happen. Those who knew her knew that she had a strength and sensibility about her that showed she understood the importance of life and life lessons. Summer was a loving, caring mother and her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. She will not be forgotten and will be deeply missed by her friends, family, and all who knew her. 

Summer was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Lawrence and Mary Edith Good Bear; paternal grandparents, James and Florence Monteau; mother, Deborah (Good Bear) Monteau; brothers, John Charles Favel and Quanah Monteau. She is survived by five beautiful children, Debbie Good Bear (24), Keyshawn Monteau (21), Eva Grinnell (12), Daniella Red Horn (5), George Red Horn (3); husband, Daniel Red Horn of Cannon Ball; granddaughters, Nova (2) and Luna (1) Schell; dad, Harold Monteau and stepmom, Elizabeth Topsky Monteau; sisters, Autumn, Taylor, and Elaina Monteau; and brother, Matteas Monteau. She was a proud auntie to her late brother Quanah’s children, Jonasiah (18) and First Rain Monteau (2). Services Officiated by: Jon “Poncho” Brady 

Due to COVID precautionary measures, no wake service were held. A family service was held at Langhans Funeral Home at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 29, 2021 followed by a burial at Shell Creek Congregational Cemetery.

Senior Pallbearer: Marie Cello Driver