Attorney: Lower Brule Chairman Michael Jandreau Has Died

An attorney for the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe says Chairman Michael Jandreau has died in Sioux Falls.

He was taken to Sanford Hospital one week ago. Attorney Marshall Matz says Jandreau died late Friday afternoon surrounded by family due to complications from pneumonia and heart disease.

The 71-year-old was chairman of the tribe for at least 30 years and was known for helping to build a robust farm economy on the Lower Brule reservation along the Missouri River.

A human rights organization outlined allegations of financial wrongdoing against Jandreau in January, which he and Matz denied.

Jandreau was born Oct. 20, 1943, in Fort Thompson on the Crow Creek reservation.

He was educated in Catholic American Indian schools. His wife preceded him in death and he had 10 children.

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