Roubideaux, Ramon - Native Lawyer 7-07

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A man who pioneered as a
private-practice American Indian lawyer in South Dakota passed away July 10.

Family members said Ramon Roubideaux, 82, passed away in Tucson, Ariz., where he moved with his wife to live with their daughter after he retired in 2002.

Roubideaux, a Rosebud Sioux, practiced law in Fort Pierre, Rapid City and other areas of the state.

On the advice of then-Rep. Francis Case, Roubideaux went to Washington, D.C., and began law school in October 1946. He was assistant to the chief clerk of the South Dakota House of Representatives in the 1951 and 1953 legislative sessions and became an assistant attorney general in 1951.

He also served as a city attorney and a state's attorney.

Roubideaux counseled various American Indian groups and tribes and was a negotiator during the Wounded Knee occupation in 1973.