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IN THE MAIL: Award honors Keeble as a true hero

BISMARCK -- It was heartwarming to learn that the late Woodrow Keeble has been selected for North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award. Many North Dakotans and Americans have only recently learned of Master Sgt. Keeble's heroism in the K...

BISMARCK -- It was heartwarming to learn that the late Woodrow Keeble has been selected for North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award.

Many North Dakotans and Americans have only recently learned of Master Sgt. Keeble's heroism in the Korean War. His record and his life demonstrate the highest degree of loyalty and courage that a nation can witness from a citizen.

This humble Dakotah warrior from the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation did not and would never have sought to be recognized for saving the lives of his fellow soldiers. That his recently bestowed Medal of Honor was long overdue is a measure of past injustice. That it was awarded is a sign of welcome change in the national consciousness.

In tribal life, Keeble is one of the most respected warriors of the 20th century, a person who brought honor to his family and tribe. It remains the work of good people now to commend this man, tell his story and affirm his legacy as a hero for all people of the nation.

North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven and the many people who have worked for and supported the nomination of Keeble for the Rough Rider Award are to be commended for their fine work.

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David Gipp

Gipp is the president of United Tribes Technical College.

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