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Mason Sr., Russell - Former tribal chairman passes on

New Town, North Dakota (AP) 1-09

Tribal officials say former Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Russell Mason Sr., has passed away in a Parshall nursing home. He was 72.

Mason was the tribal chairman from 1994 to 1998, after a career with the Indian Health Service. He is credited with developing programs to fight alcohol and drug abuse and with creating a no-smoking policy in tribal buildings. He also was known as a biker and marathon runner.

United Tribes Technical College President David Gipp said Mason wanted the best for his people and will be remembered “with great honor.”

Langhans Funeral Home in New Town says funeral services were held at St. Anthony Catholic Church in New Town, and the wake at was held at  the New Town Civic Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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