Christyn “Tara” Black Bird


Funeral services for 18-year old Christyn “Tara” Black Bird are Sat, June 4, at 2:00 CT at the Spring Creek School Gym in Spring Creek, SD, with The Rev Norman Cash officiating and traditional Lakota services by Henry Quick Bear Sr.

Burial is at St Andrew’s Episcopal Cemetery in Spring Creek

A two-night wake service starts at 2:00 PM, CT, Thurs, June 2, at 2:00 CT at the Spring Creek School Gym with evening services starting at 7:00 each night.

Christyn “Tara” CaTara Cayler Black Bird was born on September 23, 2003 in Valentine, NE to April White Hat and Christian Black Bird III.  Christyn made her journey to the Spirit World on May 17, 2022 in Greensboro, NC.

Christyn loved to play basketball and was part of her school’s basketball team along with a traveling basketball team.  Christyn enjoyed going to the beach, hanging out with friends, and working at her jobs.  She was a very helpful person and would help anyone in need, she touched many hearts and inspired many people to do good in life.  Christyn is a wonderful person with a beautiful soul and will be deeply missed by everyone.  

Christyn is survived by her mother, April White Hat of Greensboro, NC; father, Christian Black Bird III of Bismarck, ND; siblings, Aprielle Poitra of Williston, ND, Shai Black Bird of Bismarck, ND, and CJ Poitra of Mandaree, ND; grandparents, Vince White Quills of Rapid City, SD and Cheryl Four Bear of Eagle Butte, SD; niece, Avaiya Dillon of Mission, SD; and nephew, Amer Reed of Bismarck, ND.

Christyn was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Sylvan, Sr. and Marlys (Left Hand Bull) White Hat; and paternal grandfather, Christian “Rocky” Black Bird II.

Pallbearers will be Bud White Hat, Loren White Hat, Neal White Quills, Tre’ White Hat, Oren Left Hand Bull, Rayden Good Shield, Daniel Eagle Road, and Norman “Hammer” Johnson, Jr.

Honorary pallbearers will be Aprielle Poitra, Shai Black Bird, CJ Poitra, Telena Martinez, Arhiyah Rock, and all classmates, cousins, relatives, & friends.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD