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David Beautiful Bald Eagle Jr. dies at 97; American Indian chief who served in WWII was face of Lakota

David Beautiful Bald Eagle Jr. dies at 97; American Indian chief who served in WWII was face of Lakota

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 World War II and was wounded after...

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