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Gerald "Tex" Fox

Gerald "Tex" Fox

Gerald "Tex" Fox, 59, of Mandaree, N.D., died Wednesday, March 31, at Medcenter One in Bismarck of natural causes.

Fox, the son of Guy and Grace (Parshall) Fox, was born October 7, 1950, at his family's log house in Shell Creek, N.D. His Indian name was Plain Bird. He was a member of the Prairie Chicken Clan (maternal) and a child of the Flint Knife Clan (paternal).

As the twelfth of fifteen children, he learned early the values of hard work and determination. In 1987, Tex, as most know him, was appointed Captain of the Police of the Fort Berthold Reservation, where he worked until his retirement in May 2001.

His career started November 11, 1971, as a police officer trainee and radio dispatcher. After being hired as a police officer trainee, Fox traveled to Roswell, New Mexico, where he attended the Indian Police Academy. He completed training on June 23, 1972 with the highest academic average and the Leadership Award.

He then began work as an officer, primarily in the Mandaree area. On October 1, 1972, he was hired as an officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which started with a 71-day detail to Pine Ridge in the takeover of Wounded Knee. In 1976, He joined the BIA's Special Operations Service, and from that time until 1984, he was detailed to every major Native conflict that happened in the United States during that time period.

In 1984, after Special Operations disbanded, he came back to Fort Berthold and worked for the BIA, becoming Captain of the Police Department in 1987. He held this position until his retirement in 2001.

In 1997, he was recommended by a Colonel of the ND Highway Patrol and was appointed by Governor Schafer to a three-member North Dakota Parole Board. He served a three-year term from 1997-2000. Upon retiring, he was awarded the Superior Performance Medal by the Colonel of the ND Highway Patrol.

His biggest honor came in having the new Gerald "Tex" Fox Justice Center in New Town, ND named after him in a ceremony on August 23, 2004. Fox was instrumental in gaining funding for the center and law enforcement as a whole, throughout his years on Fort Berthold.

Tex leaves wife, April Bacon Fox, Mandaree; and four children, Steven DuBois, Thressa Fox, Travis Fox and Martin Fox, all of Mandaree, and 8 Grandchildren.

Wake Services will start at 5 p.m. at the Mandaree High School old gymnasium on Sunday, April 4.

Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 5, at the Mandaree High School old gymnasium.

Burial will be at the Catholic Mission Cemetery east of Mandaree.