President Eric Kaler's statement about the passing of Stanley Crooks, Chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

It was with deep sadness that the University of Minnesota community learned of the passing of Chairman Stanley Crooks on Saturday. Chairman Crooks was a great leader and a special friend of the University. Our partnership with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, which my predecessor President Robert Bruininks established and I am committed to maintaining, is one enduring example of Chairman Crooks’ enormous statewide and national legacy.

I had the great honor and pleasure of meeting with Chairman Crooks last June. It was a warm and productive meeting. He was a gracious host. It is a meeting I will always cherish.

In my first year as president, I have witnessed the impact the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has had on our Twin Cities campus, from scholarships to the Minnesota Tribal Nations Plaza at TCF Bank Stadium. The SMSC Scholars on all of our campuses represent our future and embody the value and significance of our partnership. The Plaza is a special space for reflection and for learning about an important part of our state’s culture and history. 

We will always be grateful for Chairman Crooks’ vision, wisdom, leadership, and guidance.  He will be sorely missed. 

On behalf of the entire University of Minnesota community, I extend our deepest condolences to Chairman Crooks’ family and to the entire Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.