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Former Prairie Island Tribal Council President Sonny White has died at age 69

Albert Charles “Sonny” White, a former tribal council president of the Prairie Island Indian Community, died Jan. 6. He was 69.

White also had been general manager of the Treasure Island Resort & Casino. The funeral was Jan. 9.

He was remembered as a visionary who helped pull the community out of an economic slump in the 1980s and made improvements in health care and housing, according to the Red Wing Republican Eagle.

The story said he graduated from Red Wing Central High School, then attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. He graduated with a degree in museum studies from the University of Colorado Boulder.

White also served on the Minnesota Dakota Sioux Housing Authority.

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  1. Submitted by Jim Million on 01/13/2016 - 01:54 pm.

    Albert White

    White Eagle, he once confided way back in 1965, when I knew him as a sensitive and artistic classmate at RWHS, working together to assure respect in what was not a comfortable project for either of us, a project too late to stop but not too late to refine.

    He was a thoughtful and gentle young man then, one who clearly grew to be a similar leader.
    I have remembered him all these years for his open acceptance, quiet understanding–and support.

    He made a difference.

    “Chief Koo Poo Hoo Sha”

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