Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT) Chairman Norman Deschampe, who also serves as Chairman of the Grand Portage Band of Chippewa, issued the following statement today on behalf of the six tribes that comprise the MCT:
“The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe grieves the loss of Chairman Stanley Crooks of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Chairman Crooks was an exceptional leader in every sense of the word. His strength of character enabled him to transcend lingering historic differences between tribes. Many of Minnesota’s Chippewa (Ojibwe) tribes have experienced the generosity of Chairman Crooks and the Shakopee Sioux community in the forms of grants and loans for everything from economic development programs to community facilities. Stan’s good will and honorable intentions were evident to all who knew him, and contributed greatly to the success of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association, which has an extraordinary record of success in defense of tribal interests at the State Capitol as well as in Washington DC.
“On behalf of our six member bands–Fond du Lac, Bois Forte, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs, White Earth and Grand Portage–the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe extends its sincere condolences to the family of Chairman Crooks, his colleagues on the Shakopee Business Council, community members and all those who have lost a beloved friend and colleague.”