Leonard Burch

 

 

Age: 69

 

Summary: longtime chairman of the Southern Ute Tribal Council who is credited with bringing the Colorado Indian tribe from abject poverty at the time he took over in 1967 to a position as one of the nation's richest tribes before his retirement last year, who built $1.5 billion in assets from natural gas production on tribal land as well as a gambling casino.

 

 

Cause of Death: Heart attack

 

Born: 1934

 

Died: August 1, 2003

 

Location: Durango, Colorado