CROW AGENCY - After a courageous struggle and battle, DuWayne McCurdy, Crow Warrior, accepted a welcomed peace, took his last breath and passed on to the paradise in The Other Side Camp, on Jan. 8, 2009, in the Crow Agency Hospital. He took his first breath of life on March 14, 1952, in Wagner, S.D., at the Indian Hospital.
Multi-talented, DuWayne was a musician, electrician, skilled and experienced in many construction trades, writer, composer, entrepreneur and advocate for justice for the American Indians to receive the deserved, yet delayed, compensation for all the wrongs that have been done to the indigenous people of the western hemisphere - in particular the Crow and Sioux, the blood he proudly carried from his first to his last breath.
Among the many loves of DuWayne, besides his loving parents and close friends and relatives, was the Crow Reservation, the Big Horn, Wolf and Pryor Mountains and the rivers of the Crow Indian Reservation. His honored Crow Indian name is "Gets His Medicine From the Mountains "Awa-xaa-xbali-dochish."
He was an avid gardener, hunter, outdoorsman who participated in many traditional and religious ceremonies of the Crow and Sioux Tribes, including the Sun Dance and vision quests - fasting and praying in the mountains of the Crow People.
DuWayne chose not to leave anyone. He simply knew and accepted that it was time to pass and join his family and other loved ones in The Other Side Camp. This was understood and accepted by all who he loves and all who love him. We know he remains in the mountains and along the rivers of the Crow Indian Reservation eternally.
His father Marvin and sister Gisele M. Parker preceded DuWayne in death.
Survivors include his mother, Donna McCurdy; his children, Nate (Kim) Blankenship, Sparrow McCurdy and Iren (Tara) McCurdy; a sister Colette (Butch) Hall; a brother, Kent S. (Sandy) McCurdy; and eight grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place in the Bullis-Eastern Montana Crematory. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.