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Red Lake Tribal councilman was shot to death; woman in custody

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RED LAKE, Minn. -- A woman was taken into custody after a Red Lake Tribal Council member was found dead Saturday with a gunshot wound.


About 7:40 p.m. Saturday, Red Lake tribal police received a call regarding a shooting at a Red Lake residence, said a news release sent Wednesday by William Brunelle, Red Lake Department of Public Safety Director.

Officers found Donald "Dudie" May Jr., 58, dead with a gunshot wound. The release did not say if the gunshot was what killed May.  A 47-year-old woman was at the residence and was taken into custody and faces charges of domestic violence, third-degree assault and disorderly conduct in tribal court, the release said. The release did not say if the woman shot May. The shooting remains under investigation by Red Lake as well as the FBI.

May was elected to the Red Lake Tribal Council in 2004, 2008 and again in 2012. He most recently was director of Red Lake Sanitation.

A wake is being held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Red Lake Humanities Building and will continue until funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday, also at the Humanities Building.