Gov. Mark Dayton is attending the funeral of Stanley R. Crooks, chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Wednesday morning in Prior Lake.
Crooks died Saturday. He was 70 and had been the tribe’s chairman since 1992.
The Reverend Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo is officiating at the funeral today at 11 a.m., at the Tiowakan Spiritual Center in Prior Lake.
Last night there was a traditional All Night Wake at the center.
Crooks was also chairman of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association for many years and the tribe’s representative to the National Indian Gaming Association, and to the National Congress of American Indians.
The University of Minnesota bought a quarter-page ad in today’s Star Tribune metro section, noting Crooks’ death and saying that the tribe’s partnership with the university is an “enduring example of Chairman Crooks’ legacy.”