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Walter Patrick Twinn
was a Canadian
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Chief of the Sawridge First Nation starting in 1966, and Senator from 1990-1997. He took control as chief just after oil was discovered on Sawridge reserve land; with the royalties from that he created a legacy for the Sawridge band by building first the Sawridge hotel and then other buildings. His funeral was held at St.Peters Celestin Roman Catholic Church on November 4.
Born in Slave Lake, Alberta
Slave Lake is a town in northern Alberta, Canada, in the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River No. 124. It is located on the southeast shore of Lesser Slave Lake at the junction of Highway 2 and Highway 88....
, he was appointed to the Senate in 1990 representing the senatorial division of Alberta
Alberta is a province of Canada. It had an estimated population of 3.7 million in 2010 making it the most populous of Canada's three prairie provinces...
and sitting as a Progressive Conservative
The Progressive Conservative Party of Canada was a Canadian political party with a centre-right stance on economic issues and, after the 1970s, a centrist stance on social issues....
. He served until his death in 1997.
He was married to Catherine and had nine children.
He died of a heart attack
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in 1997 after returning from a ceremonial sweat lodge.