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Tribe Remembers 102-Year-Old Eastern Shoshone Elder

County 10

A longtime Eastern Shoshone Business Council member and World War II veteran has died at the age of 102. 

Morning Starr Weed Sr. led a remarkable life.  He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was even a prisoner of war.  

His grandson, Layha Spoonhunter, says Weed was an important tribal member who worked to protect water rights, hunting and fishing rights and to preserve the Shoshone religion and language.

“One of the things that he always talked about was protecting our water rights,” Spoonhunter says. “He was very instrumental in the Bighorn water case. He always had a passion for helping his people.”

He always had a passion for helping his people.

He says his grandfather was one of the most influential members of the tribe.

“It’s really a big loss. You know, as a tribe we need to really remember the stories that he taught us, remember the lessons that he shared, remember what he fought for and to continue to fight for that.”

Spoonhunter says Weed also fought to improve education. He adopted many children and encouraged them to attend college so they could share their knowledge with the tribe.

Weed’s memorial service was held in Fort Washakie on October 22.

Melodie Edwards is the host and producer of WPM's award-winning podcast The Modern West. Her Ghost Town(ing) series looks at rural despair and resilience through the lens of her hometown of Walden, Colorado. She has been a radio reporter at WPM since 2013, covering topics from wildlife to Native American issues to agriculture.
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