OBITS: Richard “Richie” Street III

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
Richard “Richie” Street III

Richard “Richie” Street III, 15, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of Mandaree, ND, began his spirit journey on Monday, November 17, 2014 at the Minneapolis Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, MN surrounded by his family.

Wake services for Richard “Richie” Street III were Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Water Chief Hall in Mandaree, ND.

Traditional wake services were held Friday, November 21 at Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten, ND. Funeral services were Saturday, November 22 at Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten. Interment will take place in St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery in Saint Michael’s, ND. Remembrances, condolences and pictures may be shared with the family at

Richard "Richie" Street was born down by the river, inside a tipi, and outside were unicorns and rainbows..... well that's how he told the story.  From the time he was in utero and throughout his life, he made his presence known. You could never not know he was around. Richie had a magnetic personality that made people want to be around him. He was forever making people laugh with his extensive vocabulary and dramatic ways. With Richie, it was all about presentation and how "cool" things would look. There was never a dull moment with Richie around.

Richie was born on April 11, 1999 to Melissa (Merrick) Brady and Richard Street II in Devils Lake. He was raised in the Spirit Lake area most of his life, for a short period of time he lived in Grand Forks with his parents. Richie attended Lake Agassiz Elementary School in Grand Forks and spent his remaining years in Devils Lake Public Schools where he was most recently a sophomore at the Devils Lake High School. Richie loved to hunt, fish, trap, and be outdoors. He couldn't wait for each season to open up so he could cook whatever it was he caught. Richie loved life and wanted to do the most and be the best. He was a very proud Native young man and would do all things Dakota/Lakota. He lived up to his name "Good Dancer" by working hard and becoming a champion traditional dancer. He was a natural, the way he moved and how he jammed out....this was his calling. He was never afraid to share his culture with those around him. He was always willing to educate and bring understanding across cultures. Richie was loyal to his family and would protect those he loved. His brothers were everything to him and whatever he would do, he would make sure his brothers were included.

Richie's favorite time was that spent in prayer. Whether he was in sweat, ceremony, or sundance, he was in his element. He had such faith that if anything were to happen, he would just call Crowdog or Waycee or anyone of his Uncle's to fix it. He loved being with his Jackson Hole prayer family and would talk about it all year long. Richie had the basic teachings of being kind, generous, compassionate and loving to others and was an example of how to be. He would give all of his snacks away on the bus that were supposed to be for him at school, he would include anyone and everyone in things because he didn't want anyone to feel left out. He didn't have friends, he had cousins, aunties, uncles, brothers, sisters, grandpas, and grandmas. His grandma Rita Jackson called him a traditional man at the age of 6 because he made relatives wherever he went.

 Richie is survived by his mother Melissa (BJ) Brady, his father Richard (Lonna) Street, his brothers Kasen Street and Hunter Street, all of St. Michael; aunts, Teddi Dubois, Alisha Hall-Deegan, Rainie Walls, Cherokee Blood, Natalie Hunts Along, Natasha Gourd, Bluebird Yellowbird, Michelle Hoag, Christina Hoag, Otgadahe Fox, Ruby Fox, Pamogo Fox; uncles, Lonny Street, Steve Street, Jeramiah Fox, Christian Lebeau, Nathaniel Lebeau, Briar Lebeau, and Bahish Fox; maternal grandmother, Mary Rose LeBeau; paternal grandmother, Carolyn Hoag, Tama Iowa; paternal grandfather, Larry Street, IA; adopted grandmas, Ardene Perkins, Kim Dickens, and Susie Paulson; grandparents, Bryon and Florence Brady, Debbie Cavanaugh and Duane Jackson, Leonard and Joanne Crowdog; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and relatives across the US and Canada.

Richie was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Dean P. Fox; maternal great grandparents, Rita Jackson and Raymond Merrick Sr, Grace and Guy Fox; paternal great grandparents, Maggie Mitchell and George Youngbear, and Richard "Dick" Street.