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Ed McGaa (Oglala Lakota) (April 16, 1936 - Aug. 25, 2017)[1][2] was a new age author,[3] workshop leader, and military veteran.


McGaa was born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He served in the Marines in Korea,[4] and as a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War, flying 110 combat missions, receiving 8 Air Medals and 2 Crosses of Gallantry. He was recommended for a Distinguished Flying Cross.[5]

He received his bachelor's degree from St. John's University and a law degree from the University of South Dakota. He participated in the Sun Dance ceremony with Frank Fools Crow.[6] Later in life he wrote books and led workshops on spirituality.



  1. ^ RAPID CITY | [Edward McGaa, 81] died Aug. 25, 2017.
  2. ^ Edward "Ed" McGaa | 1936 - 2017 | Obituary
  3. ^ Rainbow Tribe. "Genres:...Religion & Spirituality >> New Age & Spirituality". Eagle Vision: Return of the Hoop. "Genres:...Religion & Spirituality >> New Age & Spirituality". etc.
  4. ^ Military service in Korea
  5. ^ McGaa's war medals
  6. ^ Harper Collins biodata on Ed McGaa