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Wadena owed White Earth band $731,000 by time of death

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FARGO – At the time of his death on Tuesday, Darrell “Chip” Wadena owed over $731,000 to the White Earth tribe in northern Minnesota, stemming from his conviction in federal court of stealing money from the tribe for personal profit.


Wadena died Tuesday at Vibra Hospital in Fargo. He was 75. His funeral was Saturday in Naytahwaush, Minn., his hometown.

Per federal law, the restitution fine will now be terminated and written off following Wadena’s death.

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Erik Burgess
Erik Burgess covers city and county government for The Forum. He started as the paper's night reporter in 2012, after graduating from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. He was born and raised in Grand Forks, N.D., and also spent time interning at the Grand Forks Herald.  Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to
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