A longtime representative of South Dakota's Lakota people, Chief David Beautiful Bald Eagle Jr., has died on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. He was 97.
Bald Eagle died at home Friday and a traditional four-day wake began in his home Monday.
Bald Eagle was born in a tepee in 1919 and for decades he was the face of the Lakota people in state tourism promotions.
Charlie Rooks with Rooks Funeral Home in Eagle Butte said Bald Eagle's funeral is scheduled for Friday at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis.
He served in the Army during
Bald Eagle's grandfather was Chief White Bull, a relative of Sitting Bull, who fought in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.
Bald Eagle had been asked to address indigenous people worldwide, and tribal leaders from South Dakota reservations sought counsel from him, the newspaper reported.