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Frank Mark Dickenson (Ni-Zhi-Kay-Binizi "Lone Eagle")


Frank Mark Dickenson (Ni-Zhi-Kay-Binizi "Lone Eagle")

July 22, 1930 - July 2, 2020

Frank Mark Dickenson, 89, of Red Lake, MN died Thursday, July 2, 2020 at his home in Red Lake.

Traditional Funeral Services will be held at 10:00am, Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Frank's Home in Red Lake, MN. A wake will begin at 12 Noon, Saturday, July 4, 2020, at Frank's Home in Red Lake, and will continue until the time of the service. Interment will be in Family Burial Grounds under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji.

He was born on July 22, 1930 in Red Lake, MN the son of Charlie and Ella (Anderson) Dickenson. He was raised and educated in Red Lake. He served in the US Army, then moved to Minneapolis where he attended trade school and learned welding. He worked at various jobs in the Twin Cities. He became a Chemical Dependency counselor. He founded chemical dependency programs including the 4 Directions Neighborhood Club, the Indian Neighborhood Club, and American Indian Services. His experience and work in the community led him to serve in the Legal Rights Program in the court system. He was active in Traditional and Ceremonial activities and was a 4th degree in the Mide Lodge. He traveled Canada teaching the Anishnaabe culture and way of life. He was a singer, dancer, spiritual advisor, and healer. He was a fluent Ojibwe speaker and gave many people their Ojibwe names. He was a Master of Ceremonies at many pow-wows. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, making native crafts and regalia. He was an avid wrestling fan and loved to watch the matches on TV.

He is survived by his: Children, Ruth "Willie" Cobenais,

Kathy Chaboyea,

Muriel Dickenson,

James Dickenson,

Kim Baker Dickenson,

Rhonda Desjarlait,

Shelda Dickenson,

Siblings, Joe Dickenson,

Ella Marie Dickenson,

Special Friend, Wanda Baxter,

Mother of his Children, Ida Mae Dickenson,

Numerous Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren,

Great-Great-Grandchildren, Nieces, Nephews,

And Cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughters Polly McMaster, Karen Head, son Marlin Dickenson, brothers James, Charles, Dave, sisters Charlotte, Margaret, Sue, grandsons Marlin Dickenson, and Jason Chaboyea.


Reader Comments(1)

Gladys writes:

When I was at Northern Winds early 2000's, Mr. Dickenson would come and teach us there on Monday and Friday. I always felt comforted by his presence and the ceremonies he did for us. Wanda was always there also. Love and peace to you, Wanda! Mr. Frank Dickenson was a great Warrior and we will meet again!


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