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Tribal offices to close Friday in honor of Fred Dakota

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is gathering Friday to mourn the loss of former Tribal Council member Fred Dakota, who passed earlier this week. Dakota was instrumental in furthering the tribal casino industry, paving the way for some of the iconic gaming venues in the country like Mohegan Sun complex in Connecticut.

Chief Executive Officer Brigitte LaPointe-Dunham says that in addition to a large family, Dakota was charismatic and able to touch a huge number of people in his time in leadership. She says she will always remember him for his bravery.

He was passionate. He was a courageous leader, and he was willing to risks. That belief in tribal sovereignty and understanding the meaning of that was a core meaning of his leadership.

Dakota’s loved ones will receive visitors at the Reid Funeral Home in L’Anse on Friday starting at noon. A service follows at 3:00 and interment with graveside military honors is arranged to occur at the Pinery Cemetery. The Baraga American Legion Post #444 will host attendees afterward.

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College is closed all day Friday, as are tribal offices. Both the Baraga and Marquette casino locations will close between 1:00 and 5:00 Friday afternoon.

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