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Federal Grand Jury Returns Indictment Charging Red Lake Man With Murder

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging RALPH EDWARD CLOUD, JR., 36, with murder in the second degree. CLOUD made his initial appearance today before Magistrate Judge Jon T. Huseby in U.S. District Court.

According to the allegations in the indictment, on September 12, 2020, on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, CLOUD unlawfully killed an individual with malice aforethought.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Emily A. Polachek and Deidre Y. Aanstad.

The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Defendant Information:


Red Lake, Minn.


  • Murder in the second degree, 1 count




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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600

Updated January 15, 2021

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime