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Shann Wade Nomee 37 years old
LODGE GRASS – Shann Wade Nomee was born on June 27, 1987 at Crow Agency to Marilyn Black Eagle and Donnie Nomee. Following his mother’s passing in 2012, Shann was raised by his grandmother, Mary Black Eagle at her country home outside of Lodge Grass. Shann was given the Crow name,
“Baat ‘Assia laache” by Chief Medicine Horse, which means “Watching over people.” Shann was a member of the Whistling Water clan and a child of the Ties in the Bundle clan. Shann was a lifelong resident of Lodge Grass, Montana and attended schools in Lodge Grass from head start to high school graduating in June of 2005.
At an early age, Shann became a champion Crow hot dancer, who won many contests on and around the Crow reservation. He was one of the youngest members of the Crow dance troupe who traveled to Germany to perform for several dignitaries. He was a member of the Night Hawk Society. His late mother Marilyn Black Eagle beaded and sewed many outfits for Shann and affectionately referred to him as, “my only son.” He was called upon many times to perform exhibition dances for special events. Shann won ”The Best of the Best” Billings Men’s Crow style contest 3 years in a row.
Shann loved horses and had a way of handling even the most friskiest of horses. He became a jockey. His stature and agility gave him an edge as he rode for many accomplished Crow horse trainers and won many races, including 1st place at Yellowstone Downs where he was the youngest jockey to ever win the Winningest Jockey Award by the Yellowstone Racing Commission. He also rode for his late uncle Marlon Black Eagle’s Indian Relay team. After training for two weeks, Shann placed third in the Native days Men’s Ultimate Warrior race. That same day, he went and participated in the Real Bird’s Re-enactment and then that night, went and won first place in the Mens Crow style competition. Shann made many lifelong friends during his horse racing years. When he wasn’t riding a horse, Shann worked for the Crow Tribe’s beautification program.
Shann spent a great deal of his time on horseback, it was on one of these days in Lodge Grass that Shann was thrown from his horse onto a sidewalk with his horse landing on him, causing a brain injury that left him in a coma for many weeks. Shann recovered but several years later Shann was involved in a pedestrian-vehicle accident that caused severe brain damage and left Shann physically disabled. He went through extensive rehabilitation and spent many months in Casper, Wyoming learning how to walk again with his mother by his side. Shann loved his family and did his best to cope with his disabilities, leaning to ride a bike back and forth to Lodge Grass in the summer months. He helped build sweats and participated in Native American Church. During Sundance season, Shann would help the designated Veteran fire keeper to keep the fire going all night. Shann liked to dress up and it was not unusual to see Shann walking into Lodge Grass with a shirt and tie. Shann was always on the move, hitch hiking from his grandmother’s house to: Lodge Grass, Crow Agency, Hardin and Billings. One time he even made it to Great Falls, but he always came home.
On the morning of Saturday January 13, 2024 Shann layered up his jackets, coveralls, reflective jacket and black stocking cap and made his way to Lodge Grass. This was the last time that his grandmother, Mary would see Shann.
On Sunday morning Grandma Mary realized that Shann had not come home, family started looking for Shann as the temperatures dropped. BIA police were notified that Shann was missing. Big Horn County Search and Rescue and the Crow Tribe Incident Command team set up a base camp at Grandma Mary’s place. Volunteers arrived and the LG City Mayor opened up Lodge Grass City hall for volunteers to sign in. More volunteers arrived and family put out posters with Shann’s pictures on Facebook asking for everyone to help to find Shann. Search dogs were on their way from Watford City, ND. MMIP Billings LLC and other organizations joined the Search. Four women from the Northern Cheyenne Search and Rescue arrived at base camp to help.
On Tuesday night, Shann’s body was found east of Lodge Grass.
Shann is proceeded in death by his mother, Marilyn Black Eagle, his grandfather, Sonny Black Eagle, his paternal grandmother Media Bird, grandfather Carlton Big Boy Nomee and his Aunt Sandy Bird, brothers, Gareth Reed, Aubrey Black Eagle, Sr., and Tanner Black Eagle.
Shann is survived by his grandmother, Mary Black Eagle, his father Donnie Nomee, his sisters, Misty (Tom) Nagel, Wendy Nomee (Jim) and his brother Dalton Nomee. Namesake nieces and nephew, Shanna (Jediah), Nia (T’Rey) Glenn & Trinity Nagel. His nephew, Evan Wade Crazy Boy. His grandfather that he was given away to in the Crow way, Chief (Mary Helen) Medicine Horse, Grandfathers: Curtis (Honey Bun) Medicine Horse, Larry (Pearl) Tobacco and Dana Tobacco, Chester (Sharolyn) Nomee. Grandmothers: Delma Yarlott, Regina Goes Ahead, Linda (Manuel CoversUp) Pretty Weasel, Theda and Faye Medicine Horse, Agnes Parrish, Josie (Ben) Stands and Veronice (Brewster) Pretty On Top. Uncles: Cedric (Audrey) Black Eagle, Hartford (Dinah) Black Eagle, Brad (Billie Kay) Black Eagle, Lagrant (Bertha) Black Eagle, Chris (Angie) Parrish, Louie Walks Over Ice, Adrian Bird, Armand Bird, Dean and Dana Bird, Arnold Jefferson. Ronnie (Virjama) Flatmouth and Tiger Bastien Aunts: Mary Ruth (Danny) Plain feather, Kathleen Dawes, Tina Black Eagle, Geneva, Carol and Germaine Black Eagle, Gema Stewart, Nora Bird, Freda Nomee, Cheryl (Levi) Yellowmule, Jennifer and Rebecca Jefferson, Loreen (Myron) Walks Over Ice-Crooked Arm, Bobby Sox Walks Over Ice. Sister Cousins: Chrislyn (Marlon) Redstar, Shonna (David) Walks, Garilyn and Tasha Reed, Miranda, Lanita, Debra and Elizabeth Black Eagle. Brother Cousins: Randall, Dylan (Cora), Levi (Brocade) Black Eagle, Brant Black Eagle, Chester (Jonalea) Nomee, Jr., Adrian Jr., and Ryland Bird, Travis (Willena) Reed, Sr., Wacey (Tawny) and Cyle Black Eagle, VP Nomee and Baby Ron Flatmouth.
Shann’s Special Friends: Sam Pease and Cameron Three Irons
Extended Family includes: Fitzpatrick, Walks Over Ice, Pretty Paint, Iron, Bear Claw, Medicine Horse, Bulltail, Real Bird, Fog in the Morning, House, Bird, Nomee, Fighter, Calvin Jefferson, Sr. family, Bill Stewart family, Loren Spint family, Larry Little Owl, Sr family, Benally family, Catherine Little Light family, Josephine Pretty Weasel family, Teresa Gun Shows family, and Cedric Walks Over Ice family.
Shann’s family is large and if we have forgotten anyone we apologize.
Funeral services to honor Shann’s life will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 11am at the Spirit of Life Foursquare Church, Crow Agency, Montana. Interment will follow at the Lodge Grass cemetery.
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