David E. Larsen, “Hpu Hpu” (Dobbie) “Wahinkpe Ohitika” meaning Brave Arrow, age 75 from Ca?sayapi (Lower Sioux Community) made his journey to the spirit world Saturday September 2, 2017 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale after a brief illness. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday at St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Church Hall at the Lower Sioux Community. Visitation begins at 4:00 pm Tuesday at the hall and will continue until the service. Interment is in St. Cornelia’s Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
David was born December 3, 1941 in Pipestone, MN to David J. & Emmarica (Wabasha) Larsen. He served in the US Navy as a radar operator from 1960-1964. David was a strong passionate man who loved & dedicated his life to his Dakota Community and to Indigenous people worldwide. His passion took many forms. He was an educator of Dakota History & Culture at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and Minnesota State University Mankato. He also taught and mentored Indian Students at Redwood Valley High School and most recently at Columbia Heights Schools. David was elected to the Lower Sioux Tribal Council and served three terms as Chairman. He was instrumental in bringing the first real revenue to Indian Communities by initiating Indian gaming in the state of Minnesota. His commitment was unending. He served as spiritual advisor for Native men and women at MN Correctional Facilities, and at the MN Veterans Hospital in St. Cloud. Dave was well known for his scholarship and continued efforts to share the true history of the Dakota people. He was regularly called upon by schools, churches, historical societies, and universities to share his knowledge. A traditional dancer, he will be remembered by his powwow family. When he wasn’t dancing, his broadcast journalism voice could be heard emceeing at powwows across Minnesota.
The family he leaves to cherish his laughter, humility and great smile include wife Valerie; son Scott; daughters: Teri (Brian), Becky (Nate), & Barbie; stepson Greg (Karla); 24 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; brothers: Bob (LaVeda), & Curt (Cathie); sister Lana; and many other relatives and cherished friends. He is preceded in death by many relatives and friends.