Former RBC chairman diesFormer Reservation Business Committee (RBC) Chairman William (Bill) Houle, 81, died June 30, 2013, with his family by his side, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa announced Wednesday.
By: Press Release, Pine Journal
Former Reservation Business Committee (RBC) Chairman William (Bill) Houle, 81, died June 30, 2013, with his family by his side, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa announced Wednesday.
Houle was chairman of the RBC from 1974-1988. During his tenure, Houle’s vision was to help alleviate poverty on the Fond du Lac Reservation. He aggressively sought to bring gaming to Fond du Lac.
Houle was a prominent figure in initiating the Fond-du-Luth Casino. He was a founder in the development of and served as chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA).
Houle also served as the Brookston District representative from 1968-1974, and was a driving force in the education process on the Fond du Lac Reservation with his involvement with the Johnson O’Malley Committee.
Houle was a veteran, having proudly served in the U.S. Navy.
“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, Fond du Lac RBC chairwoman.
Visitation will be held Friday, July 5, from 4-7 p.m. in Handevidt Funeral Home, 900 Washington Ave., Cloquet, and continue Saturday, July 6, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service, also in the funeral home. Full military honors will be provided by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard and the Fond du Lac Honor Guard.