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Snookins Honena, 83, of Gibson, passed away on Jan. 23 at his home.
He was born on April 19, 1933 at Fort Hall, Idaho. He is the son of Laura Tendoy and Samuel Honena.
He is a great-great-grand nephew of Sacajawea ("gusr-tso"), descended through his great-grandfather Chief Tendoy ("tso") and his grandfather Toopompey of the Agar dika (Salmon Eaters or Lemhi band of the Shoshone tribe).
Chief Tendoy was the son of Sacajawea's brother, Cameahwait, and the last chief of the Lemhi Shoshone people.
Snookins is an enrolled member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and is a full-blooded Lemhi Shoshone. He served in the United States Air Force following the Korean Conflict and served on the Fort Hall Tribal Business Council from 1975-77. He married Nora Washakie in 1958 and they had four children: Larry, Donna, Vera, Brenda and step-son Edward Wadda. He had the honor of being a spiritual elder, he volunteered to pray at many Tribal functions, he was the caretaker of the White Bison, 100 feathers, he blessed the Sacajawea coin in Philadelphia and prayed for our people of all nations as far away as Machu Picchu, Peru.
In 2002, he was a Torchbearer for the 2002 Olympics relay which passed through the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
For several years he participated in the Idaho Senior Olympic games and won numerous medals. He was a lifetime Sundancer and he strongly believed in his traditional ways. He enjoyed working outside, landscaping his yard and traveling with family to pow-wows.
He enjoyed watching the Boise State Broncos football team and college basketball. Plus, his favorite pasttime was going to yard sales. Snookins enjoyed his retirement years and spending time with his wife, Nora, children, grandchildren Amanda, Moses, Nena and Bree, and seven great-grandchildren Anferney, Isabella, Larena, Ila, Jamitimen, James and Ella.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grand-parents and brother Hooper Honena and sister Lucy (Diaz) Honena and uncle Andrew Honena.
A prayer service will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave. A visitation will take place the following day on Thursday at the Mountain View Baptist Church in Gibson from 12-8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27 at the Timbee Hall in Fort Hall.
Traditional burial services will follow at the Gibson Cemetery at 2 p.m.
Published in The Morning News on Jan. 27, 2017
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