Buffalo’s Fire | Jodi Rave Spotted Bear

In death, Cole Brings Plenty – a bright light among the Lakota and Indian Country – united family, friends, relatives, tribal leaders, the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation community in South Dakota, Haskell Indian Nations University students in Lawrence, Kan., and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives organizations from across the United States.

In spirit, the presence of ancestors and Thunder Beings, the wakiyan, could be seen, felt and heard by a community-packed gymnasium in Eagle Butte, S.D. For three days, Sundance families helped lead prayer and ceremony lasting for two days of wake services beginning April 14-15.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 16 in Eagle Butte followed by burial at the Brings Plenty Family Cemetery, Red Scaffold, S.D.

For 16 days, the Brings Plenty family has been on a sordid journey. It began on April 1 when they were notified that 800 miles away, their beloved son was missing. Instead of being treated as a victim, the local police in Lawrence, Kan. treated their son as a criminal after an alleged domestic dispute.

Editor’s Note: Joe Brings Plenty Sr. approved use of photos prior to publication.