Don Shoulderblade “Porkchops” was called back to Maheo on Sunday September 26, 2021. His Cheyenne name was Nahko’xho oxeoo’estse “Bearstandslast”. A loving father, brother, uncle, grandfather went on his journey. He was a Sundance Priest, Buffalo Priest, Bear Butte Faster and Former Sacred Hat Keeper. His spiritual journey started when he was twenty one years old. His entire life he was a praying man. He worked on his continuous spiritual journey helping, praying and sharing his faith in Maheo with many people.
Porkchops was born on January 23, 1956 to Wendell Shoulderblade Sr. and Ruth Blackwolf at Crow Agency Montana. Porkchops was blessed with seven siblings. He was baptized as Catholic. He graduated from St. Labre and attended Surface/Mining Institute with Heavy Equipment, Mechanic and Welding. Porkchops had various jobs throughout his life, such as being a BIA Firefighter, BIA Police Officer, ARCO, Montana Power, Tribal Council, as well as the Cultural Institution for National Native American Doctors Association. He also did cultural teachings with the students within the school systems. He married Ruthie Strange Owl in May 1976 and they made their home on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Lame Deer Montana. They were blessed with forty five years of marriage and four children. His passion was “Announcing” where he started out with high school basketball games and started announcing at Pow Wows, various Celebrations, High School Games, and was the Camp Crier for the Sundance. In which he handed down these teaching of announcing to Shawn Oldmouse. He was very proud of his sons, nephews, nieces and grand children that sang with the drum. Porkchops had many friends within the prayer circle and in many states. He also made a documentary with the MSU Extention Service which featured him telling the story and role of the grass dancer and how it became. His popularity with our cultural and ways were made tribute in five newspapers in different states after his passing. He also founded the GOAL project in 2013 and saved the grizzly bear off the endangered species list.
He is survived by his wife of forty five years Ruthie, sons Keith (Jacklyn) Terry, Sossity, Kadyen, Thomas (Dawnielle) Nakoda, Jayda, Jaeliegh, Hokshila, Rebel Rose. Terry Brockie (Tanya) Titan, Truth, daughter Halona, sisters Wilma “Tiny” (Neil) Shirley, Annette, Esther, Serena (Wayne) Irene, Geri Girl, Marcelline, Laura Lonebear, Jennie Lou, Wanda, Gail, Carla Small, Thelma, Donna Fisher, Jamie Whiteman, Barbara Bement, Rita Hiwalker (Cedric) Jennie Parker. Brothers: Woodrow, Hubert (Sharon) Oran John, Calvin Brady, Larry Sioux, Clayton Sr, Horace “Betsi” Small, Deacon Joe. Nephews/Neices: Lawerence (Theresa) Jayven Clayton (Leslie) Canyon, Cameron, Cody, Mckinlei, Shawntay, Crystalynn (Gus) Keyshawn, Isaac, Isaiah. Wendell III (Anya) Thomas Spang, Sheila (Joel) Cleve, Bernadine (Valentine) Serena, Dennis JR, Jarvis, Stacey (ED) Talena, Tiffany, Toinelle, Derek, Donielle, Dyron, Detrich, Noranda, Hadley (Marie, Maria, Pius), Clint (Wendy) Payton, Dantrell, Joseph, Maisie, Renecia (Ellie) Austin/Tanya (Trustin, Jazzy, Rhianna) Reanna (Reneka, Shaneka, Janelle, Eric, Brenda, Stella, Ivy, Pascal, Eugene (Marcie) Anthony,Ben, Alan (Becky) Darrell Blackwolf, Sandy Bruised Head, Janet and Rick , Joe Weaselbear and family. As well as many members of the Strange Owl family.
Proceding him in death: Parents Wendell (Turkey) and Ruth Blackwolf, Grandparents Pius and Ethel Woodenlegs Shoulderblade, Ben and Ella Walkslast Blackwolf. Brothers: Bernadine, Wendell Jr. Francis, Vincent and Dennis Shoulderblade, Walter, Fred, James Blackwolf Jr., Crawford Sankey. Sisters: Mary Shoulderblade, Wendeline Neiss, Liilian Woodenthigh, Kathryn SB, Leona, Lavina, Wreatha, Florence Blackwolf, Nephews: Dustin Two Moon, Vaughn SB, Neices : Pamela and Berdine, and Starla. Uncles: Henry Blackwolf, Francis, Thomas SB, Bernadine Fisher, Aunts: Claudia, Fern, Mary Wolftooth, Brother in Laws Lawerence Neiss, Austin Two Moons, Grand Daughters Esevonae’ Buffalo Cow Woman, and Shetae Sandcrane.
Relatives are: Shoulderblade, Blackwolf, Seminole, Walkslast, Fisher, Woodenthigh, Weaselbear, Starr, Wolfname, Woodenlegs, Strangeowl, George Levi family.
We would like to give thanks to: Northern Tribal Council, NC Finance, Board of Health, Transportation, St. Labre, Stevensons and Sons. And to all people who donated food, monetary donations, wood. Also we would like to give thanks to the St. Vincent Specialists and Nurses who helped him. Also thank you to Jay Nance for letting us get our big medicine on your land and being a friend.