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Published August 31, 2012, 01:58 PM

North Dakota National Guard to dedicate Lakota helicopter

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Army National Guard is partnering with several tribes in the Dakotas to dedicate the Guard's newest Lakota helicopter.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Army National Guard is partnering with several tribes in the Dakotas to dedicate the Guard's newest Lakota helicopter.

North Dakota state officials, officials from the National Guard and representatives from several Dakota tribes will speak at the Tuesday ceremony at United Tribes Technical College to dedicate the UH-72A Lakota. The tribes who will have representatives in attendance are the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Spirit Lake Tribe, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Three Affiliated Tribes and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. A Native American spiritual leader will bless two Lakota helicopters.

The Lakota is the Army's newest light utility helicopter and will replace the UH-1H Iroquois and OH-58 Kiowa helicopters.

The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

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