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Lawrence Joseph Long, Sr.

Lawrence Joseph Long, Sr.

April 9, 1951 ~ August 20, 2017 (age 66)

Lawrence "Larry" and "Joe Ball" Joseph Long, Sr., "Makade Miigwan" which means "Black Feather", age 66, of Red Lake, MN and the Makwa "Bear" Clan journeyed to the spirit world on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from the Red Lake IHS Hospital in Red Lake, Minnesota. Larry was born on April 9, 1951 in Red Lake, MN to Elizabeth (Lovelace) and Patrick Long, Sr.

Larry was a beloved father. He was very generous, if someone needed help he would be there, whether rain or shine. He loved to cook, spending part of his life as a chef at the Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Fall, MN. He loved to travel, he travel extensively throughout Indian Country learning about various Native traditions and participating in many traditional ceremonies. He often found himself teaching the younger generation about the traditional ways of Native American beliefs. He never looked down on a single person and despite his many health issues he always look to the sky and had a smile on his face. He loved to joke around, often bringing laughter to everyone in the room. He was very proud of his 30+ years of sobriety and often went to AA round-ups when able. One of his proudest moments was watching his daughter, Winona, graduate with her nursing degree and passing her boards. He will be dearly missed by many family and friends and will forever hold a place in our hearts.

The family that welcomes Larry to the spirit world are his parents; Elizabeth and Patrick Long, Sr., a son; Larry Long, Jr., brother; Patrick Long, Jr., sisters; Kathy Long and Barbara Willett, auntie; Julia Whitefeather, uncle; George Whitefeather and several other relatives.

Family that he leaves behind are his son; Michael Long of Iowa, daughters; Winona (Alex Ferris) Long of Red Lake and Carol, brothers; Ronald Long, Bradley Long and Charles (Marion) Martin, Sr. all of Red Lake, many aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

A wake for Larry will begin at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 22nd and continue until his traditional serve at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 24th all being held the Red Lake Community Center in Red Lake, MN. Allen Hardy will be his Spiritual Advisor. Pallbearers for Larry will be Alexander Ferris, Jerome Strong, Jr., Mike Lussier, Jason Hart, Bentrell Howze, Shawn Strong and James Boshey. His honorary pallbearers are Ronald Long, Bradley Long, Charles Martin, Sr., Duane Columbus and Victor Swan. Interment will be in the Larry Long Family Burial Site at Red Lake, MN following his traditional service on Thursday.

Larry's care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker. Online condolences for Larry may be left at


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