Death of Hartford "Sonny" Black Eagle, Jr.

November 26, 2012
Lodge Grass, Montana

Montana tribal elder who 'adopted' Obama dies
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MATTHEW BROWN, The Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An elder from Montana's Crow Indian Tribe whose family ceremoniously adopted then-Sen. Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential race has died.

Hartford "Sonny" Black Eagle Jr. died Monday at his home in Lodge Grass on the tribe's reservation in the southeastern part of the state, said his son, Crow tribal Chairman Cedric Black Eagle.

The 78-year-old traditional healer died in his sleep after battling respiratory...

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