Honored veterans from left: Claudeo Broncho, Donita Sue Demontiney, Buddy Hugues and Aaron Broncho.
By LACEY WHELAN
FORT HALL — The Osborne family hosted the annual Veteran’s Breakfast and honored many of the local veterans.
It began with a sunrise ceremony followed by 49 songs being sung in the Tribal Business Center Dome Room.
A number of veterans were honored at the breakfast.
Fort Hall Business Council Chairman Nathan Small took the time to show appreciation to Claudeo Broncho who was gifted with a star blanket. Claudeo served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was also presented with a vest. Claudeo is the Osborne family’s fearless leader who keeps everyone in line and does a lot of work for them.
Small said his family would continue to have the Veteran’s Breakfast in the future to honor past, present, and future veterans.
Veteran Arnold Appeney was presented with an embroidered blanket. Arnold served three tours of duty in the Vietnam War, from 1965 to 1971. “I want to thank everybody involved. It takes heart and dedication to continue on,” he said. Arnold has been requested at other reservations to participate in the color guard.
FHBC Chairman Nathan Small, honored veteran Arnold Appeney and veteran Michael Sherman.
Buddy Hugues served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in the South Pacific bases. Upon return from the service he worked as a structural steel worker, specializing in high-rise buildings. He coached boxing, served as a little league baseball coach and assistant football coach in Fort Hall. His father Tom Hugues Sr. served in WW II as a chief Petty Officer Construction Battalion in the Seabees. Buddy’s grandson Michael Trey Hugues Third Class Airman, Airdale Jet Planes Petty Officer aboard the USS Ronald Reagan. He is stationed in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan.
Samuel Uribe is a Southern Paiute born in Susanville, California to Jose and Rose Odel Uribe. Sam married Edith George of Fort Hall, where they are currently residing. Sam served in the 7th Infantry division of self-propelled artillery tanks with the U.S. Army during the Korean War 1951 and 1953. He was presented with a Pendleton vest.
Donita Sue Demontiney is from Rocky Boy, Montana. She is a physicians assistant with the Indian Health Service, and also graduated from the University of Washington from the Physicians assistant program Commission Corps Officer with the United States Public Health service with the U.S. Army. In Fort Sam Houston, she completed a program for emergency medicine physician’s assistant. Donita is from a long line of chiefs including Chief Big Bear from Canada, and also Chief Little Bear from Rocky Boy, Montana. She is honored to receive a shawl from the Osborne family. She is currently employed as a physician’s assistant in Fort Hall.
U.S. Army veteran Aaron Broncho was also recognized – see related feature on his accomplishments.
Sunrise ceremony group before the breakfast.