"This quiet, unassuming man, Stanley Crooks, for 22 years led the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Tribe that tendered more financial help to other Native American tribes than any tribe in American history. And when thanks were offered to Stan, his reply was always the same: the thanks belongs to the tribal members who elected him to serve.
"He was strong willed to say the least, but he would always hear out contrary arguments - a rare quality in powerful leaders--so that his decisions were well informed, timely and often ingenious.
"He was a client for two decades. He demanded our best effort and in return we received his most precious gift: his friendship. With the resources the tribe entrusted to him, he combined a great and generous heart and his array of talents to help make life better for literally thousands of people.
"Those of us who worked closely with him know how truly special he was in so many ways. Earning his trust and friendship is surely one of our most treasured accomplishments. We will miss him.
"You've earned all of God's blessings, Stan."