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Former White Earth Nation chairman Darrell Wadena laid to rest






Darrell "Chip" Wadena. Still from Super Chief documentary

Darrell "Chip" Wadena, a former chairman of the White Earth Nation of Minnesota, was laid to rest on Saturday and so was the debt he owed to his tribe.

Wadena was convicted of conspiracy, bribery, money laundering, theft and embezzlement charges for cheating the tribe in a business deal. He served 33 months in prison and was ordered to pay $585,287 in restitution.

Wadena paid $100,000 in 1999 and started making monthly payments to the tribe, The Fargo Forum reported. But he apparently lapsed at some point and only paid a total of $198,719.09, the paper said.

With penalties, he owed another $731,608.75, according to the paper. The debt has been wiped clean due to his death last week at the age of 75.

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