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Blake, William Sgt.: Walks on

MINNESOTA, Red Lake – A funeral mass was held for SGT. WILLIAM BLAKE, 45, of Fridley, Minnesota, on August 7, 2009, at the Red Lake Humanities Center.

Blake, a Red Lake member and formerly of Bemidji, Minnesota, died August 1, 2009, at the University of Minnesota Heart Hospital. This was the second funeral held for Blake, the first of which was held at the Cathedral of St. Paul in the Twin Cities and attended by more than 300 police officers. Blake requested to be buried at Red Lake.

The funeral service at Red Lake was attended by more than 60 law enforcement officers from Red Lake, and several other reservations including Leech Lake, White Earth, Bois Forte, Fod du Lac, Lower Sioux and Menominee bands. Other officers attended from Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the Beltrami and Hubbard County Sheriff’s offices. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak attended and provided one of the eulogies.

Blake was the founder and president of Native American Law Enforcement Summit (NALES) and I CARE. During his 17 year career with the Minneapolis Police Departmnt he was awarded the Medal of Valor, two Medals of Commendation, a Unit Campaign Citation for the Multi-Cultural Recruitment Team and the Chief’s award of Merit for NALES Planning Team which forged an ongoing collaboration between law enforcement and the Native American community. He greatly enhanced the image of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Blake was buried with full honors at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Red Lake. (Red Lake Nation News, August 14, 2009)

 

 

 

 

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