Duane Neil Costa III, 23 of Garryowen passed away November 12, 2019 in Garryowen. Alaka’luua Kon Da’kkatalesh, (Winner in home stretch) a name given to him by his grandfather Trunson Big Hair. He was born in Hardin on July 22, 1996, a son of Duane Neil Costa Jr and the late Dennell Big Hair, he was adopted by his grandparents Dennis and Nora Big Hair. He was a member of the Ties the Bundle Clan and was a child of the Whistling Water Clan. His God parents are Scott and Debbie Russell of Garryowen.
Duane received his elementary education in Crow Agency and Ronan. He attended Hardin High School and Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, Oklahoma. While in high school, he excelled in cross country at Ronan and track at Riverside Indian School.
Duane respected the clan system which often included him feeding or giving away to his clan aunt or uncle for prayer when he was ready to compete. He had a witty personality and loved to tease. He always loved to tell animated stories with his brothers Devin and Marshall. He and Marshall were inseparable, they were always getting into mischief together from early childhood into their adult years. During his spare time, Duane was always outside working among horses with his brothers by his side. His dad and uncles inspired him through their interactions with horses from yearlings to finished five year olds. His baby daughter, Kaycee, was his pride and joy and he loved spending precious moments with her.
Duane found his love for Indian Relay when he first rode and competed at a District Rodeo in Pryor taking first place in the Shetland Relay Race. He also took an interest in steer riding as a young teen. He was an avid horseman who knew how to halter break and train horses. He became an outstanding rider and was well known for his horsemanship. Duane was always a spontaneous character never afraid to try something new; like galloping Indian relay horses in the dark or riding in the horse trailer along with the horses. He was always quiet, content and had a smile on his face. Duane was the rider for Blanket Bull Relay Team, often traveling to Oklahoma, Minnesota, Washington, Idaho, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming and all over Montana to compete in Indian Relay races. Duane was an outstanding Indian Relay Rider, his first win was during the Annual Crow Fair 2017 Teepee Capital of the World.
He is preceded in death by his mother Dennell, uncles Thorton “Tee” and Dennis Big Hair, Jr., Jacob Big Hair, Jr., Joe Phares, Cyrus Stewart, Newlyn and Brandon Little Owl; his aunt Desiree Old Coyote, his great-grandparents, William Ettinge and Agnes Little Owl Sr., Aloysius Big Hair Sr., John and Agnes Holds Sr., his grandparents Duane Costa Sr., Mary Jane Little Light, Robert “Bobby” Little Light, Justine Little Light-Russell, Jacob Big Hair Sr., Aloysius Big Hair, Jr., Ettinge and Xavier Little Owl. Joaney Champ, Hazel Not Afraid, Adelia Stewart, Darlene Hugs, Lucy, Dorothy Little Owl and Philamine Old Coyote, cousins Coey Real Bird, Carla Big Head, Waylon Big Head and Scott Dannon Russell.
Duane is survived by his grandparents, father Neil Costa, a daughter Kaycee Costa, brothers Albenis “Spanky” (Leighann) Big Hair, Devin (Jaime) Costa, Marshall Main, Cedric, Devin Whiteman, Sean Pretty Weasel, Trevor, Canaan, Sien, Titus Big Hair, Andrew “Rollie” Cummins, Goldman Real Bird, Fabian Dawes, Phillip Nomee; sisters Delaney Costa, Dacee Whiteman, Dacinda, Nora Big Hair, Presley, Maymee Not Afraid, Cecily Real Bird, Tysha, Talisha Glenmore, Mahalia, Teela Big Hair, Beth Dawes, Jarielle Left Hand, Marta Brown; Maternal uncles: Daryl (Amanda) Big Hair, Dale (Eva) Glenmore, Gary Joe (Carla) Real Bird; Paternal uncles, Justin (Clarena) Hugs, Phileo (Rhea) Little Light, Maternal aunts; Deneen (AJ) Not Afraid, Laura Little Owl, Kathleen (Clinton) White Clay, Winona Plenty Hoops, Maureen Dionne of Poplar; paternal aunts, Audrey Costa, Jordis and Leona Hugs; his grandmother, Velma (Big Hair) Fitzpatrick, Doris Hill, Sarah (Henry) Small, and Denise Goes Ahead, Lauren Spint, Harriet Little Owl, Janice (Leo) Hudetz, Lena and Ellabeth Little Light, Lavern, Jocelyn, Jessica Costa, Darlene Birdfaraway; grandfathers, Tommy (Linda) Little Owl, Trunson Big Hair, John (Laurena) Holds, Jr., Larry (Linda) Little Owl, Sr., David Stewart Sr., Fred Oyebi, Cornelius Little Light, Francis Bear Claw; his great grandparents Charlie Real Bird and Margo Real Bird, his aunts Darlena, Harriett and Pat Driftwood, Barbara Medicine Horse, Rhoda Bright Wings, Bridgette Little Owl-King, Emeri and Quinlyn Little Owl, Donna, Letitia, Loretta, Patleen, Jessica Stewart, Aldean Good Luck, Dalean, Dorcus, Joaney, Trudi, Jaylene, Michelle Big Hair, Allena, Debra, Joaney Champ, Jonalea Nomee, Kim Hugs, Dominica Hill, Jaychelle Ten Bear, Tysha Manzenarez, Allena Holds, Sherri Farwell, Sarah Left Hand, Valerie Not Afraid and Verna McDougall; his uncles Dennis Whiteman, Whitney, Laramie, John Holds III, Harold, Helmeg, Hans Hill, Ray, Joe, Johnny, Isaac Champ, William Driftwood, David Stewart Jr, Thomas Old Coyote, Aljay Big Hair, Bert, and Colt, Karl, Dominic Little Owl, Ray Bulltail, his extended families include Big Hair, Birdinground, Little Owl, He Does It, Bell Rock, Bird Hat, Beaumont, Little Light, Real Bird, Costa, Not Afraid, Carpenter, Jefferson, Holds The Enemy, Pickett, Top Sky, Ceasley, BeBee and Healy families of Canada.
If we have missed anyone in our time of grief please accept our apologies for it is not intentional. Rosary will be recited Friday, November 15, 2019 at 3 pm at Bullis Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will be held 10:00 am Saturday, November 16, 2019at Spirit of Life Foursquare Church in Crow Agency. Interment will follow in the Garryowen Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.