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November 26, 1998 – December 1, 2022

Jada Nichole Redday was born on November 26, 1998, in Aberdeen, SD, to Desiree Redday and Maurice Redday Jr. Her Dakota name is Canku Topa Win (4 Roads Woman). Jada began her journey to the afterlife on December 1, 2022, in Minneapolis, MN, where she was residing. She is a tribal member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate (SWO) of the Lake Traverse Reservation, and a member of the Long Hollow District.

Jada graduated high school from Tiospa Zina Tribal School as the Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. Her parents instilled the importance of education into her life at a young age. After one successful, summer semester at the Sisseton-Wahpeton College, Jada was looking to explore the world, so she began a new adventure by enrolling in Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, NM. After overcoming the various challenges associated with obtaining a college degree, she graduated with honors in April 2019 and earned an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences with a major in Vision Care. As her loved ones can attest to, she cared deeply about the health and wellbeing of others, which fueled her motivation to major in a health-related field. That determination drove her to pursue a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks, ND. While there, she acquired her first home by renting an apartment off-campus. After staying true to herself and putting forth countless hours of sacrifice, she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor Degree in Public Health Administration in May 2022. She also proudly carried the SWO flag during the commencement ceremony. Although she was very accomplished already as a young woman, getting her bachelor’s degree meant a lot to her and truly was one of her finest and proudest moments of her life. Considering she just celebrated her 24th birthday, she had so much more life, love, experiences, memories, and accomplishments ahead of her.

Jada held several different jobs during her young life. She started her first job with the SWO Summer Youth Program in the Youth Department. While studying for her Associate Degree at SIPI, she worked part-time in Walmart as a Cashier. She later interned at Indian Health Service in Sisseton, SD, in the Optometry unit. While studying for her bachelor’s degree at UND, she worked part-time at the front desk of LaQuinta Suites. She continued working there over the summer months after graduation until she decided to move to Minneapolis with her mother in the fall to launch her new career. There, she started working with the Indigenous Peoples Task Force in the HIV Awareness Department by serving as the Non-Medical Case Manager. She was so excited to finally start seeing all of her hard work pay off, and grateful that she was in a position to directly help fellow Native Americans. However, she didn’t want to stop there. She had plans and aspirations of enrolling in a graduate degree program in Health Administration to obtain a Master’s degree and eventual PhD to enable and empower her to help even more people live a better, healthier, and more meaningful life.

Jada was a beautiful Dakota winyan (woman) who was a natural artist and expressed herself in so many different ways. She was daring and courageous, not afraid to take chances, or worried about how someone may think or feel about her, which is characteristic of a true artist. She loved music and fashion and her interests spanned across many genres of music and fashion trends. She was so damn fly all the time; a real one in every respect. She was a soft and gentle soul who made lasting relationships wherever she went. She was funny, outgoing, and vivacious, and was the life of the party wherever she was. She loved adventures, traveling the world, trying new things, having new experiences, meeting new people, and just making awesome memories. We will always remember her contagious smile, pretty brown eyes, and caring personality. Her presence in all of our lives will be sorely missed and the countless, lifelong memories will forever be held in our hearts and minds. Although her physical body is gone, her soul is forever…

Jada is preceded in death by her: great grandparents, Roger Cloud, Eugene Gunderson, Henry Redday, Ellen Harris, Charles Bothum, and Helen Canku; Grandma Tika Leith, Uncle Justin Redday Sr., and James Pomani.

A beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend, Jada Nichole Redday unexpectedly and unintentionally left behind many loved ones. She is survived by her: mother, Desiree; father, Maurice Jr.; brothers, Maurice III and Sean; sisters, JaCinda and Marissa; nephews, Maurice IV and Bryson; paternal grandparents, John and Peggy Redday; maternal grandparents, David and Leslie Gunderson; great grandparents, Marcella Haug and Karen Taylor; aunts, Tracy, Catessa, and Tylynn; uncles, Ronald, William, Terrence, Bruce, and David; 1st cousins, Justin Jr, Sherae, Azailya, Zakahria, Adrianna, Anthony, Mason, Taytum, Talynn, Isaiah, Gerica, Xavier, Peighton, Bentley, William III, Trenton, Masy, Major, and Trey; friends, Brooklyn, Mona, Brad, Kyleigh, Magazu, Jennifer, Maria, Maycee, Taylor, Gracee, Deanna, and so many more relatives and friends.

When you think of Jada, celebrate the good memories you have of her. Remember that life is fragile and short and should be lived to the fullest. Cherish your loved ones and know that none of us are promised tomorrow. She wasn’t here long enough, but the time that she was here she brought so much joy, love, memories, jokes, and purpose to our lives. The family of Ms. Jada Nichole Redday respectfully asks that all of you remember her beautiful spirit, and remember to live life to the fullest and love your loved ones unconditionally and continuously, because life is too short.

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” John 11: 25-26


17 Guestbook Entries

  1. Paul Keepseagle


  2. Kelly Owen

    Sending prayers 🙏💜🙏

  3. Lucy Cloud Varns

    My condolences to Jada’s family and friends. What a beautiful soul and that smile, that smile lit up a room as bright at the sun. I didn’t work with her when she worked at Woodrow Wilson Keeble Memorial Health Care Center but when I saw her in the hallways she always had a smile on her beautiful face.

  4. Meridith Meyer Johnson

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. Sending prayers for peace in your heart as you navigate this difficult journey.

  5. Denise Gunderson

    Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.

  6. Ty

    I’ve been praying for you all everyday, Des! I’m so sorry and hurt for you and with you!

    We will miss you, Jada!


  7. Taylor anderson

    If you ever had the opportunity to know Jada you are indeed lucky. Words will never be enough to describe the person she was. Her name holds a lot of weight. A real one <3

  8. Stephanie Red Elk

    I can not help but close my eyes and remember that beautiful little girl, with the beautiful smile. I knew then, this girl was going places. Her spirit was a light of its own. To my dear longest friendship/little sister, Desiree, i can only imagine your pain, i love you today and always. To the entire family I pray for your healing. The world was blessed to have this winyan walk the earth. Much prayers and hugs to you all.

  9. Fena Redwing

    Peggy & John and families – so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort, rest and peace of mind for all of you during this sad and difficult time.

  10. David Edmunds

    Here in Virginia, we are profoundly saddened by Jada’s passing. She left a good legacy with us. She helped teach us about Dakota life, raising awareness of its struggles,for sure, but sharing more about the joy, beauty and love she found among her people. We will do our best to honor her intelligence, creativity and generosity in all that we do. Our prayers go out to family and friends. We know that you miss her deeply

  11. Tim & Velda Gunderson

    The lord has received Jada in Heaven.
    And may he give Desiree and Maurice, along with the rest of the family the strength to get through this tough time.
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    God bless you.

  12. Jon

    May the emptiness you’re feeling be filled with many joyful memories of her. Peace be with you.

  13. Lisa Forcier

    Jada you will always be loved and remembered for the happiness you brought to everyone you met. Jada know you are loved and missed every day. God must have needed a beautiful angel to watch over all her family and friends. Much love to all.

  14. Jeffrey and Tammy

    One more day, one more time, one more sunset, maybe I’ll be satisfied. But then again I know what it would do leave me wishing for one more day with you. Desiree and family we are so sorry for the loss of Jada. She is the most beautiful angel ever. Sending you all of our love♡♡♡

  15. Cliff Maxwell

    In this morning’s mist
    That Bluebird flexing its wings…
    Jada’s spirit soars

  16. Kathalene Antelope

    John, I hope your memories of your daughter will help ease the pain of losing her. I remember you talking about her when she was a little girl, on your trips up to Fort Yates. Take care and be strong. It’s been difficult time for my family during this Holiday Season also, due to our own loss. Very lonesome especially during the evening hours, but we get through with a lot of prayers and the support of family/relatives/friends. Here’s wishing you a good New Year .

  17. Kira LeCompte

    Des, I’m so sorry for your loss. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for you and your family. Kira, Ashley and Whitley LeCompte


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