Omaha NE March 28 2017 An Omaha tribal police sergeant was killed Sunday morning in a crash on a state highway in northeast Nebraska.
Curtis Blackbird, 59, was responding to a call in Walthill, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. He was driving in dense fog on Nebraska Highway 94 in a work zone near Walthill when his vehicle struck a construction crane.
“Sergeant Blackbird dedicated his life to serving his people. His loss is felt in every corner of our reservation and beyond,” a statement on the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska’s Facebook page said.
A cedar ceremony was held Monday by the Omaha Tribal Council.
Native American services are scheduled for noon Thursday in the gymnasium of the Omaha Nation School in Macy, said Tony Smith of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home, which is handling the services.
Blackbird’s survivors include his wife, Ardetta Morris Blackbird; sisters Betty and Beverly Blackbird; and two grandsons.
Walthill is in Thurston County, about 80 miles northwest of Omaha.