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Cole Black Cloud

January 23, 2003 — December 15, 2020

Cole Black Cloud, 17, Bismarck, passed away December 15, 2020, in Bismarck, ND.

A celebration of Cole’s life will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 10:30 am, at New Song Church, 3200 11th Street, Bismarck. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Cole Jostin “Colie Bear” Black Cloud, was born January 23, 2003 in Bismarck, ND to Crystal Black Cloud-Gonzalez and Joel Byzewski. Cole is Shoshone-Bannock and Sioux, an enrolled member of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Cole attended Headstart, BECEP, Custer Elementary, Mandan, ND, Theodore Jamerson Elementary, Bismarck, ND, Taylor Elementary School, San Jose, CA, Mandan Middle School, Mandan, ND, Chemawa Indian School, Salem, OR, Legacy High School, Bismarck, ND, Standing Rock High School, Fort Yates, ND,  Marmott High School, Mandan, ND, and most recently, was pursuing his GED through Bismarck State College. 

Cole will be remembered mostly by how he always gave a handshake, a head nod, a smile or even a hug or sho-ban look. He was respectful to all his loved ones!  Cole had a natural energy that people would gravitate to. His family was his heart. He loved to spend as much time as he could with his mother, sisters, brothers, and friends. He was the “caretaker” for his little sisters. When he was younger, he liked to skateboard. He enjoyed gloving, which is a form of modern dance, watching movies, T.V. shows, and of course gaming.  Cole was into fashion, shoes, and clothes. He loved to drive with friends and listen to music as well as travel and take road trips. Cole was eager to learn about sweats, a ceremonial part of his culture. He always got his hair cut at his favorite spot in Mandan, The House of Fade. Cole took great pride in his current employment as a food preparer, cook and cashier at Grand Junction, Bismarck.

He was respectful and a helpful young man, always willing to help a friend.  He will be greatly missed and always remembered.

He is survived by his parents; two older brothers, Gage and Evan Black Cloud; two younger sisters, Camila and Natalia Gonzales; half-sister, Keanna Klein, all residing in Bismarck; niece, Reney Black Cloud (Jilly Piscopo); loving grandparents, Wanda and Carlos Vasquez, San Jose, Calif.; aunt, Dawn Yellow Eyes-Kiefel (Ryan Kiefel) and kids; uncles, Narcise, Shawn, Benji, Greg and David Black Cloud; the Alleman family, Tippets family, Edmo family and Skunk Cap family, all of Idaho; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his uncle, Jason Black Cloud; grandmother, Marilyn One Feather; grandfather, Emerson Black Cloud, great-grandmother, Nancy Black Cloud; great-grandparents, Wilma and Lyman Allemen.


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