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Trista Corine French


March 23, 2022

Trista Corine French

June 22, 1979 ~ March 19, 2022 (age 42)

Trista Corine French, "Eisch-cah-nah-nah-wahb-equay" or Strong Standing Woman, age 42, of Fargo, ND, started her journey on March 19, 2022, surrounded by her family. She was born on June 22, 1979, in Park Rapids, MN, to James TeJohn, Jr., and Valerie Jensen (French).

Trista went to Park Rapids Area Schools and graduated from Bemidji Youthbuild. She attended Leech Lake Tribal College and studied to become an EMT. She grew up in the Cass Lake and Park Rapids area, worked as a CNA, and at the local casinos. Trista was a strong woman who brightened the day of everyone she came across, her personality was vibrant. No matter where she went, she made friends with everybody and everyone loved her, she was truly one of a kind. She really lived life to the fullest and helped anyone who needed it. Trista also loved going to powwows, doing arts and crafts, and most of all just spending time with her friends and family. She loved her children with all her heart, they truly were the center of her world. She will be deeply and forever missed by all those who loved her.

Trista is survived by her children: Iroquoi, Naquoia, and Joaquin Anoka, of Fargo, ND. Her mother: Valerie Jensen, of Bemidji, MN. Her brothers: Jason French (Carla), Steve French (Stephanie), Lucas French (Jenny), James TeJohn III (Allison), and Johnson TeJohn (Sunni). Her sisters: Justine and Jasmine Jourdain (Ken), and Shawna Semmens (David). Many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Trista is preceded in death by her father, James TeJohn, Jr .; grandfathers: James TeJohn, Sr. and Anton "Sonny" Mountain; grandmothers: Elizabeth "Betty" Blakely and Florence Mountain (LaRose); uncles: Kenny and Kevin TeJohn, Arlen Mountain; aunt: Arlette "Angel" Mountain.

Wake services for Trista will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 24th and continue until her 11:00 a.m. traditional service of Saturday, March 26th all to be held at the White Earth Family Center in Cass Lake, MN. Melvin Goodman will be her Spiritual Advisor. Heling to lay Trista to rest are Jordan Troy, Jage Hunt, Ronald Hunt, Lance Summers, Mike West and Lisa Johnson. Her honorary pallbearers are her children Iroquoi, Naquoia and Joaquin and all her nieces and nephews. Interment will be in the Chippewa Bible Church Cemetery.

Trista's care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at




March 24, 2022

5:00 PM

White Earth Community Center - Cass Lake

217 2nd Street SE

Cass Lake, MN 56633

Traditional American Indian Service


March 26, 2022

11:00 AM

White Earth Community Center - Cass Lake

217 2nd Street SE

Cass Lake, MN 56633


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