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Lawrence Brewer Wahpepah

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Biographical Info

Mr. Wahpepah is being honored posthumously. He died in 2014.

Lawrence Wahpepah was born in McLoud, OK, in 1924. He graduated from Dale High School and enlisted in the United States Navy, serving during World War II. After the war, he served as the mayor of McLoud. He sat as a tribal judge for the Potawatomi and Sauk and Fox tribes. He volunteered as a Little League coach, and he enjoyed singing at many pow-wows.

Lawrence Wahpepah had a deep sense of public service. He was a huge supporter of Human Rights for Native Americans as well as his entire country. This was illustrated by his two terms as McLoud’s mayor. He also was on the McLoud City council and he was a long time tribal judge, defending the rights of his fellow Native Americans.

Mr. Wahpepah was 90 years old when he died.

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Nominated by Fr. Paul Zahler, O.S.B., Ph.D.

Categories: 2015