Tribal Chairman Michael Jandreau
October 20, 1943 – April 3, 2015
SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA — Longtime Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Chairman Michael Jandreau has died of complications from pneumonia and heart disease at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was 71.
Chairman Jandreau walked on Friday afternoon surrounded by his family.
He was born on October 20, 1943 on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation.
Dating back to 1972, Jandreau served the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe (Kul Wicasa Oyate) in several elected positions, including sergeant-at-arms, councilman, vice chairman and chairman. He served as chairman for 18 terms for over 35 years.
During the past three decades, the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe saw tremendous economic growth, which Chairman Jandreau help to develop, including the tribe becoming one of the largest growers of popcorn in the world.
“My family and I lived in Lower Brule during our early years in 1975-76 and had the honor of being involved with the Indian Action Crew bringing back the elk and buffalo to the Kul Wicasa,” commented longtime American Indian advocate Faith Spotted Eagle on Friday.
Chairman Jandreau was preceded in death by his wife, who passed away in 2011.