On November 29, renown Lakota elder and World War II veteran Marcella LeBeau was honored at the 2018 Administration for Native Americans fall meeting in Crystal City, VA.
ANA Commissioner and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Affairs Jeannie Hovland presented with a certificate which stated “the Administration for Native Americans is honored to acknowledge an amazing American Indian elder for her lifetime body of work, military service, and dedicated commitment to Native American children and families throughout the United States of America. We proudly recognize Marcella LeBeau.”
A Certificate of Appreciation and coin from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs was then presented to LeBeau in recognition for her lifetime work advocating for veterans and for her many leadership roles within the nation.
Lastly, a letter of recognition from South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds was read aloud, thanking LeBeau for work in South Dakota.
To close the ceremony, an honor song was played as the master of ceremonies thanked LeBeau’s late parents for their daughter’s presence and wished LeBeau many more years.