Obituary – Myron Charles Dewey

  • 2021-09-29, 04:17 PM (update 2021-09-29, 07:04 PM)
  • Source: Smith Family Funeral Home
Obituary – Myron Charles Dewey Myron Charles Dewey

Myron Charles Dewey, 49, of Schurz, Nevada died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 26, 2021, from injuries sustained in a car crash. His loss was completely unexpected and the family is shocked and deeply saddened.

Myron is a citizen of the Walker River Paiute Tribe. His numunanea (Indian Name) is Ahu-auh-bud-shoe-knaw-me "Strong Thinker".

Myron was born on July 16, 1972, to Herbert Dini Jr. of Schurz and Cynthia Dewey of Bishop, CA in Schurz, Nevada. Myron attended Gabbs K-12 Schools. Myron joined the BIA Western Nevada One Firefighting crew out of Carson City. Shortly after, he joined the Black Mountain Hotshot Crew fighting fires throughout the Western United States. During this time Myron received his GED, later attending Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence Kansas receiving an Associate of Arts in Computer Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2002 and 2003 respectively.

Myron returned to Schurz with the goal of using his education to give back to his tribal community. He innovated the use of technology in his tribe’s language revitalization efforts along with advocating for an Internet infrastructure to improve education for future generations. He founded his business, Digital Smoke Signals, during this time.

Myron’s motivation for success always included family, culture, and language. With these in mind, Myron enrolled in the Indigenous Nations Studies Master’s program at the University of Kansas. Receiving his degree in 2007. Myron continued applying his education and experience to contract with Indigenous nations and communities in articulating the 21st Century technology mindset focusing on online media/film and bridging the digital divide in our communities.

Myron met the love of his life, Deborah Parker, in Tulalip, Washington. During his time in Washington, he began teaching college technology courses with Northwest Indian College including digital media and mobile app building. Focused on the youth, Myron continued his work contracting with tribes to provide video/film editing and mobile app projects. In 2014, Myron experienced a near-fatal medical complication. Through prayer and a strong, enduring spirit, he survived. This experience was a defining moment in his life. This led to an even stronger renewed effort to promote and advocate for all Indigenous peoples.

Myron’s connection to his ancestors and Creator was stronger than ever. It was at this point, he accepted and acknowledged his path forward was guided by the Great Spirit. His path led him to Standing Rock, North Dakota standing with the Water Protectors in 2016. His life, as he knew it, was changed forever. Myron’s efforts solidified his legacy as a protector for all our people (tamme no’oko numudooe). Myron received worldwide acclaim and awards for his drone work and Awake documentary. He was a visiting professor at Duke University and MIT as well.

Myron traveled the world sharing his knowledge, prayers, and passion for Indigenous peoples in Japan, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and Mexico. He was a 2010 AIO Ambassador alumni. He was a fierce advocate for MMIW, Thacker Pass, boarding school historical/cultural trauma, and against the proposed lithium mine at PeeHee Mu'ha. 

Myron was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend to everyone. Myron is preceded in death by Harlan Dewey (Uncle), Gary Dewey, Sr. (Uncle) Moo’a Ridgley Bill (Grandmother), Stanford Leef, Jr. (Uncle), Roland Jackon Jr. (Uncle), Ralph Rivas (Uncle), Sampson Dewey, Sr (Uncle), Sampson Dewey Jr. (Cousin), Joe McCann (Uncle), Ed McCann (Grandpa), Mamie Dempsey (great grandma), Betty Dini-Rogers (Grandmother), Herbert Dini (Grandfather), and Alfred Rogers (Grandfather).

He is survived by Deborah Parker (Wife), Herbert Dini Jr. (Father), Cynthia Dewey (Mother), Brothers: Darrell Brown, Alex Herrera, Sean Hooper, Josh Dini, Herbert Dini III, Matthew Dini, and Francisco Dini Sisters: Rena Hooper, Gina Dini, Sofia Dina. Children: Joseph Dewey, Taylor Dewey, Wetuah Dewey, Kayah George, Cedar George-Parker, and Jonathan West (too'a). He is also survived by numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Myron is a Protector of the Sacred. He carried the natusooa (medicine) for the people. He offered the medicine to all in need.

Myron’s Viewing will be held Thursday, 9/30 at 5-6 pm for immediate family, and 6-8 pm for friends & family at Smith’s Funeral Home 505 Rio Vista Drive Fallon, NV. 89406.

Myron’s Cry Dance will be held Friday, 10/1 at 6 pm (dusk), dress warm (outside), at the Walker River Paiute Reservation on Myron’s property (follow signs) Schurz, NV 89427.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, 10/2 at 11 am Walker River Gym, 1127 Cotton Wood Drive, Schurz, NV 89427 with a Water Protector escort from Gym to Cemetery. *Traditional dinner to follow

If we omitted anyone, we apologize in advance.


Source: Smith Family Funeral Home



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George Nightwalker Sr
George Nightwalker Sr 2022-02-19, 08:13 AM
Travel well to the Stars Mr Dewey. May the Creator bless all your family still Mother Earth.
Myron Dewey you are one of the most important people that ever came to…
Myron Dewey you are one of the most important people that ever came to Shell. I will miss you very much buddy. 2022-01-20, 07:58 PM
Myron is one of the most helpful people that ever came to Shell camp. I am so glad to have met him. And I will miss you very much Myron Dewey. And I know if ever there was a heaven you will be there.
Roxanne Mariniello
Roxanne Mariniello 2021-10-04, 09:54 PM
My heart is broken. Myron changed the world. His death is a huge tragedy. I send my deepest sympathy to his family and friends. He was a great man. He opened my eyes and heart to the truth.
Christy N Price
Christy N Price 2021-10-04, 07:51 PM
Rest In Power Myron Dewey! The world lost a wonderful teacher and friend. Thank you for making me feel welcome at Oceti Sakowin and inspiring me to go to Standing Rock with your dynamic coverage of the movement and it’s dangers. Warmest regards to your family and friends.
Apache Dan StandingKnife
Apache Dan StandingKnife 2021-10-03, 11:48 PM
Journey well my Brother,...Apache Dan StandingKnife
Cilla Border
Cilla Border 2021-10-03, 04:08 PM
Thankful for his teachings which will hold us in good stead as we go along without him. Our hearts are so heavy.
Etta Dickerson
Etta Dickerson 2021-10-03, 12:34 PM
Rest In Peace Sir, A-warrior for his people Great loss prayers going up for the families ♥️🙏🏼
Heather Morin
Heather Morin 2021-10-03, 09:21 AM
Sending my deepest heartfelt condolences to Myron family and friends at this time...
Danny Jordan  - hoopa
Danny Jordan - hoopa 2021-10-03, 08:23 AM
Prayers to the families. Be strong, deborah, but you have always been one of the strongest native women that i have ever known.
Patrick Bishop
Patrick Bishop 2021-10-02, 04:25 PM
Mary Strong
Mary Strong 2021-10-02, 12:56 PM
Sincere condolences 🌹
Strong family.. Red lake MN
Beverly Rivas
Beverly Rivas 2021-10-02, 11:09 AM
Brother Myron, we still can see your smoke signal from the Sky. Prayers for the familia!!
Doug Crow Ghost
Doug Crow Ghost 2021-10-02, 07:23 AM
Thanks for your work here at standing rock bro
Glad you stopped in to see me first and get the real information
Our days at Haskell where always fun and say hello to my mom up there she always talked about you bro
Rest in power kola
Paula Looking Horse
Paula Looking Horse 2021-10-02, 04:36 AM
To the Tiwahe of Myron Dewey,
We - my husband Arvol Looking Horse & myself Paula, send our heartfelt thanks for sharing a fearless warrior. If we didn’t have commitments to Grandmothers to Honor Women today - we would surely be there!
It’s very odd to make plans with someone only days before and stop in shock with seemingly a difficult effort to breath normal. How a great loss can change one’s world to confusion so fast is a feeling of hopelessness. Yet this isn’t what he taught - his teaching is to Just Do It - for your people - your children - for Mother Earth - for all precious life…
Courageous we shall walk on in this world - hoping that many will step into his footprints to understand what it takes to create a humble, yet a perseverance demand to bring attention to make a change for those that are still entering this world called Life. Yes Myron - your life work will continue. Will miss you so much! Toks’ta
Jane Finley-English
Jane Finley-English 2021-10-02, 04:00 AM
Condolences to the family & friends of Myron. He was a bright light in our world. He will be missed. Fly high warrior.
Grace Rose Gonzales
Grace Rose Gonzales 2021-10-02, 02:27 AM
Myron, a warrior, fierce and gentle. I was with you all at Standing Rock, only because of him and the others that bravely stood and shared the fight. I prayed for the safety for all that stood in the ice cold. I shed tears as I watched the video feeds. Myron brought the water battle for the World to see. He gave us eagle eyes, took us to the sky, and now he is in the realm of the eagles. There is no forgetting, our power restored, we will continue to stand and gather because of the risks he took with others. His leadership in this dimension gave fire to many causes. He carried the white light of Angels that exposed dark truths. My condolences to all his family and tribe. Rest in power Myron, you are an eagle.
Caryn Robertson
Caryn Robertson 2021-10-01, 10:45 PM
How blessed we have been to walk beside and learn from such a great teacher. He will be greatly missed. Sending prayers up for the comfort of family and friends. <3
Courtney Two Lance - Oglala Lakota
Courtney Two Lance - Oglala Lakota 2021-10-01, 09:30 PM
Tok'sa A'ke kola mitawa - Until we meet again my friend...prayers to his family and friends
Lynn Cameron
Lynn Cameron 2021-10-01, 09:16 PM
Myron Dewey used to say “you have to come in a good way”, I wish he knew how much those words affected my life.
Dawn Blaesing
Dawn Blaesing 2021-10-01, 08:25 PM
Prayers for Myrons family. Myron touched so many people in a good way, with a good heart. He will be missed. 🙏💦❤