Oyate Wawokiya Win – She Serves the People
Hetomo’eoo’e – Truthful Standing Woman
Autumn Rose Thompson
1984 – 2021
Autumn Rose Thompson was born September 13, 1984, and transitioned to her new life as an angel on July 17, 2021. She was a beloved partner, parent, daughter, sister, and friend. She was known for her sharp sense of humor, unwavering work ethic, and deep commitment to her family, especially her wife Rhea NewHoly and their children.
Autumn was born in Sisseton, South Dakota, to Robert and Phoebe Thompson. Autumn was a proud member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. As a child, Autumn enjoyed boxing, and playing sports like basketball and football. Autumn was proud to be raised in a home with her mother, aunties, and all of her cousins. Autumn was a lifelong devoted Steelers fan.
Autumn met the love of her life–her wife Rhea–in 2001. They first met while working at job corp together as teenagers, and quickly found that they were soulmates. Autumn was a loving spouse, and showed it in small gestures as well as broader commitments like working hard to ensure her family was safe and well taken care of. Autumn and Rhea overcame many challenges and hardships side by side, and remained deeply in love throughout their over twenty years of life together. They raised five children–Rayven, Fayelynn, Traya, Aiyanna, and Chaske. Autumn was known for being both the goofy fun parent and the leader of the household, and worked hard to provide for her family by working at Northern Cheyenne BIA Wildfire Management for 18 years, and in the off seasons, at Busby Northern Cheyenne Tribal School.
Autumn had a knack for making friends wherever she went. She was always willing to lend a helping hand or was a shoulder to cry on, especially to all the youth she worked with at both the school and training in forestry.
Autumn is lovingly remembered by countless relatives, friends, coworkers, and community members. The family would like to give special thanks to Northern Cheyenne BIA Wildfire Management and the Busby Northern Cheyenne Tribal School, for their generous support during this time of loss, in honor of the contributions Autumn made while working with them. Though Autumn was not originally from the Northern Cheyenne community, she found home and family there, and was deeply loved by the community after over 20 years of residence.
Autumn is survived by her wife Rhea NewHoly; her children Rayven, Fayelynn, Traya, Aiyanna, and Chaske; her mother-in-law Pauline HighWolf; her brothers-in-law Curtis Killsontop and Elijah Wallowing, and Elijah’s children; sister-in-law Kim RedCherries and her children; and sister-in-law Christine Poorbear and her children. She is also survived by her grandmother Rose Max; brothers Dustin, Melvin, and Robbie Thompson; sisters Ricki Thompson-Kluthe, Rocky Thompson, Cassie Cleveland, and Terri Hanson; aunties Pat Taylor, Debbie Richotte, Davana Black Thunder, Donna Thompson, Susan Amos, and Freda Roberts; and numerous other cousins, aunties, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Autumn came from large families and was cherished by many. Please forgive us for including just a brief list above and if we have accidentally left anyone out–she was loved by more people than we can count.