Bobby Onco, Wounded Knee Warrior, Walks On
Lance Gumbs, former Shinnecock council chairman, said Onco was a spiritual warrior who will always be honored for his days fighting for Indian people’s rights. “I knew him well for many, many years and he was an inspiration to me from that turbulent time in our history. He’s an important part of that era and should not be forgotten.”
Despite his fame as a Wounded Knee warrior, Onco was a modest man who did not seek the limelight. “There are a lot of people that want to be the chiefs. Bobby was okay with just being an Indian,” his stepson David Taobi Silva told Newsday.
Onco is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Onco; sons Silva and Robert “B.J.” Tangnaqudo Onco; daughters, Adrienne Star Silva and Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco; three grandchildren; sisters, Karen Koon and Frances Bradley and their families; brothers Eddy Onco and Bryan Onco; and a host of relatives and friends.
A funeral service was held on February 5 at the Shinnecock Presbyterian Church with Rev. Mike Smith officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Shinnecock Cemetery.
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