The University of Wyoming has announced that Crawford White Eagle Sr. will be conferred with UW’s highest award, an honorary doctoral degree, during commencement ceremonies this month.
White Eagle passed away in January 2020 and was a ceremonial leader of the Northern Arapaho people of the Wind River Reservation.
According to the UW announcement, White Eagle served as a member of the Northern Arapaho Business Council and the Northern Arapaho Elders Council, working as an advocate for the preservation of Northern Arapaho language and culture.
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“He also promoted the education of his people, helping establish the Northern Arapaho endowment for tribal students attending UW and helping create Wyoming Indian High School,” the UW announcement said on Monday. “He was involved in many creative and collaborative efforts, serving as a language preservation consultant for the National Indian Education Association; leading a delegation involved in artifact identification at Yale University; and helping create the Wind River Education Project and the American Indian Education for All curriculum, among many other projects.”
White Eagle served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was twice wounded in combat, receiving the Purple Heart and many other medals.
A graduate of St. Stephens High School, UW says that White Eagle was a master jewelry maker and silversmith.