Nicole Marie Northbird


December 28, 2022

Nicole Marie Northbird

October 31, 1992 ~ December 22, 2022 (age 30)

Nicole Marie Northbird, "Ginew Ikwe" meaning "Golden Eagle Woman", age 30, of the Eagle Clan, from Cass Lake, Minnesota began her journey to the spirit world with her family by her side at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota on Thursday, December 22nd, 2022.

Nicole was born to Cathy Littlewolf and Louis Northbird Jr. in Bemidji, MN on October 31st, 1992. Nicole "Biggin" which her daughter affectionately called her, grew up in Cass Lake and graduated from Cass Lake High School in 2011. She was a very outspoken, tell it like it is girl and was always ready to ride out on someone. She had a loud voice, and her mother would tell her to talk in a low voice in which she responded what's that? Nicole always had a big cheesy smile on her face all the time. During her high school years, she played softball and was a cheerleader for football and basketball. As a teen she also boxed and loved to play 60 with the strawberry field crew. In 2008 Nicole was selected to be the 2008 Leech Lake Senior Princess which to her, was a great honor. Nicole was in the process of returning to the Leech Lake Tribal College. At home, she enjoyed beading, drawing, reading, and watching her son play X-box. Nicole and her daughter liked to sing sunflower, old town road and the song "I Love You Baby and if it's quite alright I need you baby, trust me when I say, oh pretty baby". Nicole loved doing her makeup, nails, hair and listening to music. She also loved to watch The Granny Squad play darts and made sure they got home safely, she was their DD. Nicole will be missed dearly by her cigarette buddy, her grandmother Marilyn.

Family that welcome Nicole to the spirit world are her father, Louis "Acey" Northbird Jr .; step-father, Michael "Mike" Howard; grandparents, Gilbert "Papa" Starr, Louis and Adella Northbird; great grandparents, Joseph and Catherine Littlewolf; aunties and uncles, Jerry, Gordon, Melvina, Arlene Northbird, James "Jim", Theodore "Ted", John, Ruth Littlewolf, Emma Baker, Albert "Boy" and Pete Starr; cousins, Byron, Darryl, Brian, Vicky Northbird, Scott Bowstring and several other relatives.

Those she leaves behind to cherish her memory are her mother, Cathy Howard; children, Scott White Jr. and Olivia White; siblings, Nichelle, Nate, and Nick Howard; grandma, Marilyn Littlewolf; special friend, Scott White Sr .; aunties, Sandra Littlewolf, Sharon (Russell), Lois "Dolly" and Brenda Northbird, Mary Bellanger, Susan Jenkins, and Dorothy (Bernard) Robinson; uncles, Marvin Littlewolf, Gilbert Littlewolf Sr., Gene, Patrick (Chyrle) Northbird, and James "Jimbo" Howard, her furry friends, Joey and Benny Howard, Buddy B., and Shadow, too many relatives and friends to list.

An overnight wake for Nicole will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 29th and continue until her 11:00 a.m. traditional service on Friday, December 30th all to be held at the Veteran's Memorial Building in Cass Lake, MN. Allen Hardy will be her Spiritual Advisor. Pallbearers for Nicole will be Dennis Littlewolf, Draye Sargent, Noe "Papi" Vasques, Erik Northbird, Gilbert Littlewolf Jr., and Brandon "Joe" Raisch. Alternate pallbearers are Ashton Northbird and Hubert Braman. Her honorary pallbearers are Nita Clark, Lori "Beebs" Reyes, RyAnn Howard, Leah Kingbird, Kathleen Church, Suzanne Erion, Stan Howard Sr., and The Granny Squad (Brenda Northbird, Betsy Allen, Christina Howard, Crystal Estey). Interment will be in the Northbird Cemetery in Cass Lake, MN following her Friday services.

Nicole's care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at




December 29, 2022

3:00 PM

Veterans Memorial Building, Chippewa

Traditional American Indian Service


December 30, 2022

11:00 AM

Veterans Memorial Building, Chippewa


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