He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Violet Bluedog - nee Little, a proud member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Five children to include Kristin Hendricks of Pennsylvania (fiance Joe Sandbakken, CW5, U.S. Army); Brandy Late of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky (Sgt. David Late, U.S. Anny); Brian BlueDog of New Hope, Minnesota (wife Rachel); step-daughter Michelle Mills of Crystal, Minnesota ; and stepson Chad Mills of Albuquerque, New Mexico (wife Nancy). Grandchildren: Zachary, Alyssa, Jessica, Braden, Elizabeth, Sage, Justin, Jeremy, James, Conner, Daniel and Adrian Kurt. Great-grandchildren: Cj, Davao, Alden, Nakai, Aubrey, Elias, and Carte. He is also survived by his aunt, Germaine Rockwood of Watertown, South Dakota; siblings Sandra Menus of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Lawrence, Kansas. Rachel Roberts of Watertown, South Dakota. Kevin Roberts of Waubay, South Dakota (Darlene Jo) Roxanne Roberts of Watertown, South Dakota Brother-in-Law Rex Birney of Orley, South Dakota. Bridgette Roberts of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Debra Roberts Ross of Granite Falls, Minnesota, and numerous Nieces and Nephews. Throughout his 43 year career as an Attorney, he was always a proud and supportive member of the Sisseton-Wapehton Sioux Tribe. His early career led him to a seven-year temp as a Staff Attorney with the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) of Boulder, Colrado. In addition to handling a heavy workload of federal court litigation on behalf of Native Americans, he assisted in drafting and enactment of legislation to include the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, the Texas Band of Traditional Kickapoo Act, and the Tribally-Controlled College Assistance Act.
Rest in Power Kurt Bluedog. He helped us save Pe’Sla, an Oceti Sakowin sacred site. We are from the same Tribe-same neighborhood & are related by marriage. He helped me believe I could go to law school & succeed even though I was poor & Native. We lost a great one. pic.twitter.com/56iNOnFale— Ruth Hopkins ⚡️❤️⚡️ (@Ruth_HHopkins) May 14, 2020
My uncle Kurt Bluedog who passed away was the foremost authority of Tribal Law in the country! Him dying is a devastating loss to ALL tribal governments in the USA! @Ruth_HHopkins @indianz @IndianCountry @jfkeeler @NativeGov @nabresource @MNNativeNews @GovTimWalz https://t.co/AKCZUAzhEu pic.twitter.com/mdaUKGaCRZ— Rain Clan Dakhóta (@Mdewakanton) May 15, 2020
The Great Kurt BlueDog between Minnesota Phil and me during a visit to Pe Sla in the Black Hills some time back. pic.twitter.com/Jxq4qRkNzH— Willie Hardacker (@WillieHardacker) May 14, 2020
This is the burial mound of Oceti Sakowin Dakota Chief Bluedog on the Lake Traverse Reservation. Both Mr. Kurt Bluedog & my kids are directly descended from him. Great grandma is his oldest living descendant. pic.twitter.com/uCJiml2dt9— Ruth Hopkins ⚡️❤️⚡️ (@Ruth_HHopkins) May 14, 2020
I am very saddened to hear that Kurt Bluedog passed on. During his 43 years as a lawyer, he assisted in the drafting of...Posted by Joe Horse Capture on Thursday, May 14, 2020
It brings me great sadness to announce that my Grandfather, Wicah'pi Toic'iya, Kurt Bluedog has passed on to the spirit...Posted by Sage Mills on Thursday, May 14, 2020