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Sainthood sought for Native American from South Dakota


RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Sainthood could be the next honor for the late Lakota holy man whose name was recently affixed to South Dakota's tallest peak.

A drive to canonize Nicholas Black Elk appears to be gaining momentum, the Rapid City Journal ( ) reported. In March, some of his living relatives presented a petition to the Catholic Diocese of Rapid City. The petition, bearing 1,600 signatures, requested that the bishop of the diocese nominate Black Elk for sainthood through a process known as canonization.

"There are many who are waiting to share the joy of the day when Nicholas Black Elk, Sr., will be counted among the company of saints by Holy Mother Church," the petition said, in part.


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