(KTIV) – Curtis St. Cyr, the Vice Chairman of the Winnebago Tribal Council, has died at the age of 60, this according to the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.
Elected to the tribal council several times, St. Cyr also served on the Tribe’s Fish & Wildlife Commission and Tax Commission.
“Issues related to mental health and substance abuse were particularly important to Curtis,” said chairman Frank White in a statement. “He played a pivotal role in the Winnebago Tribe’s takeover of the Winnebago IHS hospital.”
White said St. Cyr was well known in the area for his musical talents, singing vocals and playing harmonica for the blues band Curtis St. Cyr and the Kalico Kats, and being active in powwow drum groups.
St. Cyr performed at least eight times at Saturday in the Park, and during his career shared the stage with artists such as Smokey Robinson, Santana, the Allman Brothers, Buddy Guy, Indigenous, Chuck Barry, and the Black Crowes.
“Curtis was an involved and beloved member of the Winnebago community,” said White. White said the impact St. Cyr had on the Winnebago community and Indian Country will be felt for years to come.