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Fred Francis, 59, former Pleasant Point official, dies

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A tribal member who over the years served on the tribal council and twice as lieutenant governor died unexpectedly of natural causes Tuesday morning. Tribal officials said Tuesday that Fred Francis, 59, would be missed. “He served in politics for 20-plus years,” former tribal police Chief Joey Barnes said Tuesday. He said Francis twice served as the reservation’s lieutenant governor and also served several terms on the tribal council. “He’d be on it for a while and then he’d get off,” Barnes said of the tribal council. “Then he’d get back on.”