Former Fond du Lac tribal chairman Bill Houle diesHoule, the former chairman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe who oversaw the band’s early move into tribal gaming casinos, has died. He was 81.
By: John Myers, Duluth News Tribune
William “Bill” Houle, the former chairman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe who oversaw the band’s early move into tribal gaming casinos, has died. He was 81.
Fond du Lac tribal officials today said Houle died Sunday with his family by his side.
Houle was chairman of the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee from 1974 to 1988, when his goal was to alleviate poverty on the reservation.
He was a prominent figure in initiating the Fond-du-Luth Casino in downtown Duluth, one of the early tribal casinos and the first off a reservation, and was a founder and chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association.
“The legacy of Chairmen Houle’s leadership lives on today with Fond du Lac’s investment in economic stability and community services,” said Karen Diver, current Fond du Lac tribal chairwoman.
Houle also served as the Brookston District representative for the band from 1968 to 1974 and was a driving force in the education process on Fond du Lac with his involvement with Johnson O’Malley Committee. Bill was a veteran, having proudly served in the U.S. Navy.
A visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Friday in the Handevidt Funeral Home, 900 Washington Ave., Cloquet, with another at 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. service in the funeral home.