Richard Milanovich dies at 69; Agua Caliente Band chairman

Richard Milanovich

Richard Milanovich brought new wealth and political muscle to tribes throughout the state by expanding gambling on tribal lands.

Richard Milanovich, who as chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians helped to usher in a new age of wealth and political muscle for many Native Americans through the expansion of tribal casinos in California, died Sunday at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. He was 69 and had cancer.

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