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Maurice Lyons dies at 63; chairman of Morongo Band of Mission Indians
Maurice Lyons dies at 63; chairman of Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Maurice Lyons, the chairman of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians during the construction of a sprawling casino-resort that was a $250-million gamble to pursue more of the self-sufficiency for the tribe he'd long advocated, died Wednesday. He was 63. Lyons died at his home on the Morongo Reservation, said Michael Fisher, a tribal spokesman. The cause of death was not disclosed. Lyons was elected tribal chairman in 2001 and stepped down in 2006, citing an illness that forced him to reduce his responsibilities. During his time in office, he directed much of his attention toward cultural preservation and youth education programs, a passion that could be traced to his poor...

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