Oneida Nation pays tribute to late former chairman Purcell Powless
Purcell Powless, a former chairman of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, was laid to rest on Monday. He died on November 5 at the age of 84.

Powless led the tribe from 1967 to 1990. He was hailed a visionary who brought prosperity and opportunity to his people.

"All of these people that he raised and helped and taught, we all have to do what he did. I think there's a bright future ahead because of Purcell Powless but it's on our shoulders now," said nephew Ernie Stevens Jr., the chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, WLUK-TV reported.

Powless served in World War II and was a steelworker who helped build the Mackinaw Bridge and the original Sears Tower.

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