BARAGA, MI – FrÃ©dÃ©ric “Fred” Dakota, 84, of Baraga, Michigan, died at her Baraga home on Monday, September 13, 2021.
He was born in Zeba, MI on June 10, 1937, the son of the late Fred Cote and Rose Dakota. Fred attended schools in the L’Anse area. He was a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian community. Fred served in the United States Marines for 6 years and was one of the first M60 machine gunners. He moved to Chicago for a while, then worked at Pettibone Corp. in Baraga and tested machines offline. He had to make a decision between working for Pettibone or the Tribe and he chose to work for the Tribe. Fred became tribal president in 1970 and was president of the tribal council from 1970 to 1982 and from 1990 to 1997. He was a member of the tribal council in 1968, 1969, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. He opened his own casino in Zeba on New Years Eve 1983 with a gaming license he obtained from the tribe. A year later, he built the Pines Bar and Casino in Baraga. After 16 months, his casino closed and he was hired by Lac Vieux Desert Casino as manager. Fred is remembered as the father of Indian casino gambling. He enjoyed gardening, watching the Green Bay Packers, of which he was a part shareholder, and patrolling ” The ground floor “.
Fred is survived by his loving family, his wife; Doris Dakota of L’Anse, children; Dale Dakota from Baraga, Barb Dakota from Mount Pleasant, Brad (Cherie) Dakota from Baraga, Popcorn (Scott) Mayo from Baraga and Suzie (Terry) Kahkonen from Baraga, 18 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, 1 great- great-grandchild, brother; Freddy Jo (Joanne) CÃ´te de Baraga, sisters; Kathy Lanczy from Baraga, and Doris Herrera from L’Anse and her special friend; Dolly Sapcut from Baraga.
He was predeceased by his parents, son; Mickey, grandson; DJ Dakota, granddaughter; Nikki Rantanen and her little brother; GrÃ©gory Hovinen.
Fred’s funeral will be at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021, at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse, with Pastor Dave Snyder as celebrant. The family will welcome friends at the funeral home on Friday from 12 p.m. until time of the funeral. Immediately following the funeral service, interment will be held at Pinery Cemetery with traditional native drummers and veterans of the Baraga County area, under the direction of Baraga American Legion Post # 444 who will render military honors at the cemetery. Lunch will follow at Baraga American Legion Post # 444.
Fred’s death notice can also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.reidfuneralservicechapel.com.
The funeral service and Reid Chapel, L’Anse was responsible for the funeral arrangements.