Former Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation Council Representative Scott Eagle, 50, fell overboard while on a family outing July 30 on Lake Sakakawa in central North Dakota.
Authorities found Eagle on August 2 after a search was conducted by the tribal search and rescue team. According to the tribe, a dive team with sonar was called in from Black River Falls, Wisconsin after two days of searching.
Eagle served on the Tribal Business Council from 2008 to 2012 as North Segment Representative.
“Today is a sad day for the people of the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation,” said Tex “Red Tipped Arrow” Hall, chairman of the nation. “On behalf of the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation we are grateful and thank the many volunteers and rescuers who worked tirelessly to bring Scott home… My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children and family.”
In Eagle’s honor, the nation’s flag will fly at half-staff until his funeral, the time for which has not yet been announced.