Gloria “B1” J. Drift


   Gloria “B1” J. Drift, 64, Nett Lake, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2015, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth.


Gloria’s Indian name is Mi Se We ga me gay. She was born on July 16, 1951 in Nett Lake.  Her parents were James Drift Sr. and Ida Canada.  She grew up in Nett Lake, and then moved to Duluth where she resided for many years.   She was affectionately known to many as “B1” (as in bingo terms).  She moved back to Nett Lake, where she lived the past 30 years.

 Gloria “B1” was talented at beadwork, and made numerous items, including specialized earrings for family and friends. She liked gambling at “The Bay” and enjoyed playing card games with friends. Gloria had memorable times traveling with the Elders to many historic places, usually accompanied with her sister Rose.   She was a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.

 Gloria “B1” liked kids, and they all just loved being with her.  She will be sadly missed but not forgotten.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by 2 brothers, James Drift Jr., and Kenneth Drift who died in infancy; 4 sisters, Twila Day, and Marjorie, Kathleen and Geraldine Drift who died in infancy.


Gloria is survived by 2 sisters, Helen Drift and Rose Lien, both of Nett Lake; along with numerous nieces, nephews who dearly loved her.


SERVICES:  Traditional Tribal Services will be at 10:00 AM Friday, Nov. 20th  at the Bois Forte Government and Services Center in Nett Lake.  The Wake will begin after 5:00 PM Thursday at the center.  The casket bearers will be: Mickey Bertz, Brad Day, Gordy Adams Jr., Lonny Benner, Shane Lien and John Day. Kenneth Boney will be the Spiritual Leader, assisted by Spiritual Advisor, Gene Goodsky. Interment will be in the Nett Lake Village Cemetery.


Funeral arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.  To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family go to: