UTTC Blesses New Lakota Helicopters | VideoJoel Porter | 9/4/2012
The choppers will be used mainly for civil search and rescue missions as well as surveillance. The Lakota will replace the Iroquois and Kiowa helicopters.
Tribal leaders also hung an eagle and hawk feather in each cockpit.
"It`s something that signifies a warrior going into battle as well. And so, the honoring and the placing of these feathers is very sacred, let`s put it that way," UTTC president Dr. David Gipp said.
The North Dakota National Guard is expected to have four of the Lakota helicopters in its inventory by the end of 2013.