Friends pay tribute as Dakota leader Stanley Crooks is laid to rest

For twenty years Crooks was the chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux tribe. He helped shape the direction of the band as it became one of the wealthiest in the nation, urging his fellow tribesmen to share their excess with others. One says he ranks alongside Sitting Bull and Red Cloud among the greatest Indian leaders.
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For twenty years Crooks was the chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux tribe. He helped shape the direction of the band as it became one of the wealthiest in the nation, urging his fellow tribesmen to share their excess with others. One says he ranks alongside Sitting Bull and Red Cloud among the greatest Indian leaders.

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