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March 8, 1949 – Thursday, April 4, 2013

Service Information
Humanity Center in Red Lake
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information


Samuel Edward “Sam” Smith, Wa besh k aw ne quad “White Cloud” , age 64, of Hudson, Wisconsin journeyed to the Spirit World on Thursday, April 4th, 2013 Chief of The Red Lake Band of Chippewa.

He was born on March 8, 1949 in Red Lake the son of John F. Smith and Hattie R. Waubuno.

Sam was retired from Rock Tenn Graphics in St. Paul.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family.

Survived by loving wife: Cathy; daughters: Samona (Donavan) Kier of Bemidji, Christine & Carrie Smith both of Minneapolis; thirteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren; a sister: Lillian Stand of Minneapolis; a host of other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his mother & father, brothers; Louis, Eugene Smith, George F. Holstein, Jacob smith and by his sisters; Eva Sutton & Sophie Roy.

Funeral services for Sam Smith will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 10th at The Humanity Center in Red Lake. Mike Eldrige will officiate.

Drum Group will be Johnny Smith

Interment Episcopal Cemetery in Red Lake.

All night wakes will be held on Monday, April 8th beginning at 5:00 P.M. at The Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 Franklin Avenue East, in Minneapolis. Also, Tuesday, April 9th at the Humanity Center in Red Lake beginning at 5:00 P.M. Prayer service both nights at 7:00 P.M.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Benjamin LaGarde, Mike Merry, Scott Sandstrom, Anthony Lussier, Tim Sandstrom, John Kreiger, all his grandchildren, All Red Lake Nation Council Members and Hereditary Chiefs.

Casket Bearers will be Henry Sutton, Walter Sutton Jr., Eugene Olson, Zack Smith, Choeurm Chy and Joe Belgarde.

Alternates will be Joe Spears, Mike Stand and Arnold Belgarde.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota are serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Dareld & Jeanne Olson

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Michael Novak

    Good Bye Sam. We at Alwins Northside in Hudson, Wisconsin will miss you!

  3. Stacey Thunder

    Our condolences to Sam’s family. I’ve known Sam for many years through numerous council meetings and have always liked him…he was such a nice man. My family and I pray he has a good journey, and we send you all our thoughts, prayers, and big hugs.


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