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