Former Fond du Lac Band chairman Peter Defoe passes on at 77

Peter Defoe, seen in a plaque here, received an honorary doctorate from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in May 2016. Photo by Tom Urbanski / FDLTCC

Peter John Defoe, a former chairman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Minnesota, passed away on Monday. He was 77.

Defoe served as chairman from 2004 through 2006, when he resigned unexpectedly before his term was up. He tried to return to the seat in 2012 but lost in an election to then-chair Karen Diver.

"I can honestly say that he was the greatest RBC (Reservation Business Committee) chairman Fond du Lac has ever had," Chairman Wally Dupuis told The Duluth News Tribune. "He had compassion for his people. He had compassion for this reservation, for our home."

Prior to his post as chair, Defoe served four terms as secretary / treasurer of the tribe. He also served as president of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.

Defoe will be laid to rest on Friday.

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