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Actor Cole Brings Plenty, Known for Role in “1923,” Found Dead in Kansas

Cole Brings Plenty, known for his role as Pete Plenty Clouds in the television series “1923,” was tragically discovered deceased on Friday in Kansas, authorities confirmed. The 27-year-old actor had been reported missing by his family earlier in the week, prompting a search effort that ultimately led to the grim discovery.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Brings Plenty was found in a wooded area in Johnson County, bordering Missouri. Deputies had responded to a report of an abandoned vehicle and initiated a search, culminating in the discovery of his body in close proximity to the vehicle. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed by the authorities.

Identifying himself as Mnicoujou Lakota on Instagram, Brings Plenty portrayed a Native American sheep herder in “1923,” a series serving as a prequel to the popular show “Yellowstone.” The show delves into the harrowing realities of abuse endured by Native American children in government-established boarding schools.

In May 2023, Brings Plenty, alongside his uncle Mo Brings Plenty, testified before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington, shedding light on the plight of Native American communities and issues surrounding the boarding school system.

Brings Plenty’s acting portfolio also encompassed roles in Western television productions such as “Into the Wild Frontier” and “The Tall Tales of Jim Bridger,” as documented on IMDb. Additionally, he was pursuing his education at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.

Joe Brings Plenty Sr., the actor’s father, confirmed the devastating news of his son’s passing in a statement conveyed by family spokesperson Michelle Shining Elk. Expressing gratitude for the outpouring of support during the search efforts, Joe Brings Plenty Sr. acknowledged the community’s assistance in their time of need.

Meanwhile, Mo Brings Plenty utilized social media platforms to share a missing person’s poster, revealing that his nephew had gone missing on March 31 and had failed to attend a scheduled appointment with his agent – behavior deemed “uncharacteristic.”

According to the Lawrence Police Department, an affidavit for the arrest of Cole Brings Plenty had been submitted after he was identified as a suspect in a case of domestic violence that occurred on the morning of March 31. Officers responded to a distress call from a woman in an apartment in Lawrence, where the suspect fled before their arrival.

In a statement addressing the incident, the Lawrence Police Department emphasized the sensitive nature of domestic violence cases and the need to protect the victim’s privacy, thereby limiting the information shared publicly.

Following Brings Plenty’s disappearance, his family voiced concerns and reported him missing to the authorities. The subsequent search efforts led to the discovery of his body approximately 28 miles southeast of Lawrence, marking a somber conclusion to the ordeal.

The untimely passing of Cole Brings Plenty has cast a shadow over the entertainment industry, leaving his colleagues, friends, and fans mourning the loss of a talented actor and advocate for Native American rights. As investigations into the circumstances surrounding his death continue, tributes pour in, honoring his contributions to the film and television industry and his commitment to raising awareness of indigenous issues.

Jonathan James
Jonathan James
I serve as a Senior Executive Journalist of The National Era
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