White Earth's Wadena left complex legacy of success, scandal

People & Places John Enger · ·
Tribal Chairman Darrell "Chip" Wadena arrived at the Minneapolis federal building Tuesday, September 12, 1995, where he pleaded innocent to charges of corruption. Wadena was chairman of the White Earth Indian Reservation for 20 years, and considered one of the most powerful American Indian leaders in the country until his 1996 conviction for bid rigging and money laundering.