White Earth tribal chairman dies at 60

Terrence "Terry" Tibbetts    Submitted photo
Terrence "Terry" Tibbetts Submitted photo

WHITE EARTH, Minn. — White Earth Tribal Chairman Terrence "Terry" Tibbetts, 60, died Sunday, March 17, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo after a lengthy illness.

He had been chairman of Minnesota's largest tribe since 2016. From 2006 to 2014, he was a district representative on the tribal council.

The lifelong resident of Naytahwaush, he attended elementary school there and then Mahnomen High School. He worked for the tribe for 33 years, 22 of those as a public works employee.

He and his wife, Carol, were married 40 years and have seven children and 15 grandchildren.

Until further notice, tribal vice chairman Eugene "Umsy" Tibbetts will take over as chairman.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 22, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Mahnomen. Burial will be in Free Gospel Alliance Cemetery in Naytahwaush. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. with a wake service on Thursday, March 21, at Naytahwaush Charter School.