Lakota soldier dies in Black Hawk crash in Iraq
Tuesday, November 18, 2003

A member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota was among 17 U.S. soldiers killed when two Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Iraq on Saturday.

Pfc. Sheldon Hawk Eagle, a descendant of Crazy Horse, was 21. He was described a shy and quiet. "The younger kids looked up to him. He was very respectful of others, not any trouble at all. Yesterday when they called and told me, it was really hard -- He really was a modern-day warrior," Emanuel Red Bear, a spiritual leader and Lakota language instructor, told The Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

"He's a hero," chairman Harold Frazier told The Minneapolis Star Tribune. "He defended our country and protected our freedom."

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