Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Chief Red Cloud
by Associated Press
July 13, 2013 1:01 PM
Governor Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags at the Capitol and other state offices at half-staff Saturday in honor of the last recognized Oglala Lakota tribal civil chief.
Oliver Red Cloud died July 4 in a Denver hospital after a long-running illness. He was 93.
Red Cloud was a fourth-generation descendent of Chief Red Cloud, who led several battles against the U.S. Army and also signed the 1868 Fort Laramie peace agreement with the United States.
Friends and family say Oliver Red Cloud, who served as chief starting in 1977, was a champion of Lakota culture and a defender of American Indian treaty rights. They say he was also the leading statesman for keeping peace between Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho people.
Red Cloud's funeral is set for Saturday.