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Published September 04, 2012, 02:08 PM

North Dakota National Guard dedicates Lakota helicopters

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Army National Guard has joined federal, state and tribal leaders to dedicate the Guard's newest Lakota helicopters.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Army National Guard has joined federal, state and tribal leaders to dedicate the Guard's newest Lakota helicopters.

Two Lakota helicopters were dedicated during a ceremony Tuesday at the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. A Native American spiritual leader blessed the two helicopters, which were given the names Eagle and Turtle.

The UH-72A Lakota helicopter is the Army's newest light utility helicopter and will replace the UH-1H Iroquois and OH-58 Kiowa helicopters.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said the Lakota will be a valuable asset to the state and will help expand the Guard's capabilities to defend and respond to natural disasters and emergencies.

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