Published May 20, 2017
EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA—Chairman Harold Frazier, chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, has long been a staunch defender of Tribal Sovereignty and widely recognized as a principle leader of the Lakota resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline construction on Great Sioux Nation territory. Chairman Frazier continues to lead by sitting as Chairman of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) and Vice-chairman of the Coalition of Large Tribes (COLT).
Chairman Frazier’s leadership has not been unnoticed from the people of the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Campfires of the Great Sioux Nation). During a feather ceremony today Chairman Harold Frazier was gifted with an eagle feather bonnet from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Veterans Society and acknowledged as a warrior, or akicita (prounounced a-kee-chee-ta), for his actions along the Cannonball River defending the Lakota people while providing support and leadership for the Oceti Sakowin.
The eagle feather bonnet is a sacred honor given to warriors who have achieved many accomplishments in battle. The eagle feather bonnet was a gift from warriors of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to be presented to Chairman Frazier by warriors of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
The struggle to defend the Great Sioux Nation is never ending and it is rare to earn an eagle feather bonnet outside of military actions. The warriors of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and others agree that Chairman Frazier has shown extreme bravery in the face of armed aggression without fear holding only the well-being of the people.
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