One of the bearers of the Local Nisenan History has passed away. Everette Smith died Tuesday, he was 85. Tribal elders dubbed him “Weary” and that’s what he was called by most people. Weary was a veteran of the Korean War and world War II, where he served as a glider pilot in the Pacific. Family member Shelly Covert, who is secretary to the Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council says Weary was a prominent elder in the Nisenan tribe and she had been working with him to keep the history alive .
Nevada County Historical Society board member Wally Hagaman also remembers Weary as humble and soft spoken but extremely generous with his knowledge of the history of the tribe.
He says Weary was able to identify Nisenan artifacts housed in the Firehouse No. 1 Museum in Nevada City which were believed to be tomahawk heads.
Hagaman says Weary will be sorely missed.
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Everett Weary Smith will be buried at the Keystone Indian Cemetery outside of Dobbins in a private ceremony.