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2 deaths, 2 court cases, 3 years: A timeline of legal proceedings of Red Lake Fishery employee drownings


December 9, 2020

Searchers head out to look for Deland Beaulieu, 29, and Jacob Allen Kingbird, 17, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, after a Red Lake Fisheries boat capsized on Lower Red Lake. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

RED LAKE -- Two fishermen, Deland Beaulieu and Jacob Allen Kingbird, drowned in the icy waters of Lower Red Lake in November 2017.

Three years later, the circumstances surrounding their deaths, and who is responsible for them, are still playing out in the courts.

Two federal cases are ongoing: one between Red Lake Nation Fisheries and the U.S. Department of Labor (Eugene Scalia v. Red Lake Nation Fisheries Inc.) and another between the wife of one of the deceased fishermen and the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe (Beaulieu-Donnell v. Red Lake Nation Fisheries, Inc. et al).


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