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

White was a former Tribal Council president and general manager of Treasure Island Resort & Casino.

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.

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White also served on the Minnesota Dakota Sioux Housing Authority.