Dwight Bellanger Sr. (Miska-e-ninni, "Man in red"), 55
Dwight Bellanger Sr. (Miska-e-ninni, "Man in red"), 55, of Spirit Lake Nation, Fort Totten, N.D., died on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, at his residence after a short battle with cancer.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Red Lake Humanities Building in Red Lake. A law enforcement funeral procession will begin at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji. A wake will begin on Wednesday at the Redby Community Center in Redby and continue until the time of the service on Thursday. Burial will be in St. Antipas Episcopal Cemetery in Redby.
Pallbearers will be Dwight Jr., Damien Charnoski, Donovan Wind, Daniel Bellanger, Melvin Jourdain, Terry Morgan, Darrell Trottier and Pat Graves, and alternates Jerry Lenoir Jr. and Fabian Wind.
He was born on April 20, 1951, to Phyllis and Daniel Bellanger in Red Lake. He grew up with his family in the Cooper City area of Redby. He began his law enforcement career in 1975, working for the Red Lake Police Department as a Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer. During 1981 to 1983, he took a break in law enforcement and moved to the Minneapolis area. In 1983, he restarted his career back in Red Lake as a Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer. After a few years back in service, he was promoted to sergeant of police. In 1993, he got his K-9 officer, Keno. He and Keno served together for several years. In November 1996, he was transferred to Lame Deer, Mont., Crow Agency. After a year of service in Lame Deer, he was selected as captain of police for Fort Totten, Spirit Lake Agency. He continued serving in this position until his death. During his 28 years in law enforcement with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, he was detailed to serve on several other Indian communities throughout the United States. Even after his departure from Red Lake, he served his home reservation, Red Lake Nation. During his career, he became well versed in law enforcement knowledge and experience.
He spent his non-working hours with his family as much as possible. He enjoyed participating in his children's school activities, attending powwows and family gatherings, and trying his hand at the casinos.
He is survived by his wife, Diane; children, Damien Charnoski, Dwight Bellanger Jr., and Demery, Darnell and Daniel Bellanger, all of Fort Totten, Darian Bellanger of Fort Totten and Kathy Blue of Minneapolis; four grandchildren; mother, Phyllis Jourdain of Minneapolis; sisters, Lorraine Bellanger and Judy Bellanger of Minneapolis and Joyce Strong of Bemidji; and brothers, Roy Roberts, Arthur Bellanger and Melvin Jourdain, all of Minneapolis, Daniel Bellanger of Red Lake and Joseph Bellanger of Portland, Ore.
He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Bellanger; brothers, David and Antoine Bellanger; and numerous aunts, uncles and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be his fellow officers of the Ft. Totten Reservation and the Red Lake Police Department.