2017-04-20 / The Holy Road

William “Cody” Tail

William Tail, known by many as Cody, was born on January 8, 1990 in Pine Ridge, SD to Eli J. Tail, Jr. and Jackie (Elk Boy) Tail. William made his journey to the Spirit World on April 12, 2017 at his home in Evergreen, SD.

Cody started dancing at powwows at age seven in the Grass Dance category and continued until his late teens. Cody graduated eighth grade at Pahin Sinte Owayawa and attended Pine Ridge High School. He loved playing basketball and horseback riding (and was the family horse whisperer). He rode many years in several spiritual rides including the Crazy Horse Ride, the Big Foot Ride, the Future Generations Ride, the Little Big Horn Ride, and the Warrior’s Ride. Cody was also an accomplished artist. Cody loved the challenge of a good horseshoe tournament and often played with his Grandpa Eli.

Cody will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.

William is survived by his six brothers, Eli Tail III, Ethan Tail, Lucas Tail, Julian Tail, Francis Red Feather and Emory Red Feather, all of Porcupine, SD; six sisters, Elina Tail, Holly Tail, Molly Tail, Georgene Tail and Selena Tail, all of Porcupine, SD, and Cherish Tail of Allen, SD; paternal grandparents, Eli Tail, Sr. and Carolyn Tail, both of Porcupine, SD; and numerous aunts and uncles. Cody was a fun loving, generous and kind uncle to his 19 nieces and nephews.

William was preceded in death by his parents, Eli Tail, Jr. and Jackie Tail.

A two-night wake service was held for William starting at 3:00 PM, Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Porcupine School Gymnasium in Porcupine, SD. Funeral services took place at 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Porcupine School Gymnasium in Porcupine, SD with traditional Lakota services conducted by Mr. Eric Cross. Burial services concluded at the St. Alban’s Cemetery, Evergreen, SD.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD.

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