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Sunday, 14 August 2005
Death of a Warrior
Topic: Iraq War
With so much exposure lately of one particular person who blames President Bush for the death of her son. It is best to reflect that not all families think of the War in that manner.

One such family includes the one which descends from Tshunka Witko. Chief Crazy Horse who helped defeat Lt. Col.George Armstrong Custer, at the
Battle of Greasy Creek (Little Big Horn).

For some of us who are descended from the First Nations, the Indian Wars were long ago and this also OUR Country and it has been attacked and must be defended. Sheldon Ray Hawk was a member of the
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. One of the things that first struck ME about this website was that the domain was Tsalagi is one of the Ancient Names for the Cherokee in our original language which does not contain the sounds Ch or R.

Even though I am not Lakota, this website speaks also to me. I have duplicated part of it here, I encourage you to go read all of it listen to the music, and REFLECT. Sheldon's People did NOT feel his death was useless, He died as a WARRIOR

101st. Airborne Division
Fort Campbell Kentucky

21 year old PFC Sheldon Hawk Eagle, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River
Sioux Tribe

was among the seventeen soldiers who were killed on Friday, November 14, 2003, in a
tragic crash between two U.S. helicopters in Northern Iraq, believed to have been
by enemy fire.

Sheldon Ray Hawk Eagle was carried to the Heart of
all that is, Paha Sapa, the Black Hills and laid to rest as
warrior with honor, dignity and respect.
His body was carried by a horse- drawn cart.
His coffin covered with a flag and eagle feathers.

A riderless horse draped with a red, white and blue
blanket waited with the horse drawn cart.
The horse, called a spirit horse will carry the warrior
swiftly to heaven. The horse wears an Eagle feather,
to represent Sheldon, for the thoughts of a man that should
rise as high as do the eagles and his sacrifice for his Nations.
It is the highest honor given to a warrior.
Sheldon descends from Tshunka Witko.
Chief Crazy Horse who helped defeat
Lt. Col.George Armstrong Custer, at the
Battle of Greasy Creek (Little Big Horn).

The riderless horse, with boots backward in the
stirrups symbolizing a fallen soldier.
Indian drums and honor songs welcomed the hero
to the sacred Paha Sapa, his final resting place.
As he was being buried, a Black Hawk helicopter flew
over the cemetery, lingered in the snowy hills.
It flew into the heart of all that is,
and was gone.
~~Somehow, it did not seem like enough.~~

The Above is only a small part of the whole, go HERE for ALL of it.

Note my discovery of this website pre-dates my blogging days, at the time I sent the information to
One-Hand-Clapping as I recall he posted about it. The Gunner has a way with words if I can find that post I will link to it HERE.


Posted by ky/kentuckydan at 8:56 PM CDT
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Updated: Sunday, 3 June 2007 6:38 AM CDT

Monday, 15 August 2005 - 1:54 AM CDT

Name: Sam
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I really like how you make mention of how not all people see our warriors' dying as a bad thing. For me, it's not a shame or not a futile thing that we have people willing to fight for us and to protect us. Really, how can a person blame someone like Bush for the death of her son when he chose this position in life for the good of everyone else.

It's called being a hero and a warrior - be proud.

On another note, I'm glad to hear that we bloggers can support each other; thanks for putting me on your roll


Monday, 15 August 2005 - 1:58 AM CDT

Name: MrBig
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Nice tribute. I also think people have to remember that it's a volenteer army. People are not forced to join. No one actually sends their son or daughter off to war. While no one wants to lose a child, those who volenteer aren't technically children. Best to honour them and their wishes to defend their country, regardless of your personal position on the war.

Monday, 15 August 2005 - 6:18 AM CDT

Name: Dan Kauffman
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The entire concept for me of Blogs being the 21st Century
Committees of Correspondence is we communicate and exchange information. This is so much better than the perception that all of us are speaking into the darkness alone.

Thanks for the drop in to I hope you enjoy your visits here as much as I do mine to your website

Monday, 15 August 2005 - 6:59 AM CDT

Name: Paul
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A fine tribute to PFC Hawk Eagle. I appreciate you posting on my blog and bringing it to my attention.


Monday, 15 August 2005 - 7:51 AM CDT

Name: Diane
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What a wonderful and moving tribute. Your remark- "For some of us who are descended from the First Nations, the Indian Wars were long ago and this is also OUR Country and it has been attacked and must be defended." made me recall that this is not the first war contributed to by Native Americans ( I don't know if Native Americans is PC or not so if not forgive me- I don't pay much attention to that stuff.) I'm sure most people saw the film with Nicholas Cage, Windtalkers- but if not I just thought I'd throw in a reminder. This link is to Senator Jeff Binghaman's Navajo Code Talker's Page and has quite a bit of factual information. Some of it is quite a bit out of date but interesting nonetheless. The New Mexico senator is still in office so I'm assuming that the link from the Code Talker's page asking for help in finding those who participated is valid. There's even a toll free number.

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