2018-02-14 / Spirit World

Eli Pedro Tail III ‘Nakin Wi Zipi’

EVERGREEN – Eli Pedro Tail III “Nakin Wi Zipi”, 30, passed over into the Spirit World on Monday, January 29, 2018.

Eli Pedro “Yamni” Tail III was born on May 27, 1987 to Eli Tail, Jr. and Jackie (Elk Boy) Tail. Yamni graduated from Pahin Sinte Owayawa and attended high school at Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon, with his twin sisters Molly and Holly. Eli was an accomplished horse person and was especially adept at helping beginners learn to ride. He rode for many years in the Warriors Ride, the Crazy Horse Ride, the Bigfoot/Future Generations Ride and the Artists Ride. Yamni participated as a bareback rider in rodeo, and Yamni was also an artist and a traditional dancer from a young age. He always enjoyed playing horseshoes with his grandpa Eli, Sr. and his brother Cody. He was an actor in the Lewis & Clark re-enactment at the Missouri River in Pierre for two years and in photo shoots near Wall with other family members. He qualified for and travelled to Kentucky and Florida for AAU cross country regional and national meets. Yamni will be greatly missed by his family and friends!

Eli is survived by his sons Christopher John Yellow Shield and Jeremiah Johnnie Tail of Porcupine, and his daughter Larissa Hannah Yellow Shield of Wounded Knee; Grandpa Eli Tail, Sr. and Grandma Carolyn Tail; his Grandma Georgia Tail of Porcupine; his brothers Ethan, Lucas and Julian Tail, all of Porcupine; Francis Red Father of Rapid City, and Emory Red Feather of Pine Ridge; his sisters, Elina Tail, Holly Tail, Molly Tail, Georgene Tail and Selena Tail, all of Porcupine; and Cherish Tail of Allen; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and aunts and uncles.

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

A two night wake service started on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at the Porcupine School Gymnasium in Porcupine. Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Porcupine School Gymnasium in Porcupine. Traditional Lakota services were held with Mr. Eric Cross. Burial services were held at the St. Alban’s Episcopal Cemetery in Evergreen.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge.

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