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Statement on Richard Milanovich

Statement from Tribal Chairman Robert Martin of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians regarding the passing of Chairman Richard Milanovich of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians:

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Chairman Milanovich, who dedicated his life to the service of his tribe, his community and the advancement of all of Indian Country. In his more than 30 years in tribal government, Chairman Milanovich led with humility, wisdom and sincerity, and was guided by a passionate commitment to cultural preservation, education and the self-sufficiency of Native Americans. He was a respected and trusted friend whose voice was silenced too soon, and while his legacy will live for generations, he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time."