Ralph W. Sturges
Ralph W. Sturges (
December 25, 1918– October 01, 2007) was an American Mohegantribal chief who helped gain federal recognition for the Mohegan people of Connecticutin 1994. He also helped to found and build Connecticut's Mohegan SunCasino. cite news |first=|last=|title= Mohegan Chief Dies |url=http://www.courant.com/news/custom/topnews/hcu-sturges-obit-1001,0,247545.story?coll=hc_tab01_layout|work= Hartford Courant|publisher= |date=2007-10-01 |accessdate=2007-10-08] He held the title of "chief for life." cite news |first=Mark|last=Peters|title= Longtime Mohegan Leader Dies At 88
Hartford Courant|publisher= |date=2007-10-02 |accessdate=2007-10-08]
The Mohegan tribe, which is based in
Montville, CT, is currently made up of approximately 1,700 people. cite news |first=Sarah|last=Kershaw|title= Ralph Sturges, Chief of Mohegan Tribe, Dies at 88
New York Times|publisher= |date=2007-10-04 |accessdate=2007-10-08] The Mohegan's reservation is located in eastern Connecticut along the Thames River near the town of Uncasville. The Mohegans are one of the wealthiest tribes in the United States, thanks to income from casinosand other facilities, whose construction was spearheaded by Sturges.
Sturges was born December 25, 1918, in
New London, Connecticut. He traced his Mohegan ancestry to his maternal great-grandmother, Emma Baker, a Mohegan medicine womanand early 1900s Native American activist who campaigned for the state to settle Mohegan land grievences.
He served in the
U.S. militaryin an intelligencedivision in New Guineaand the Philippines. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his service in the war.
Sturges worked in a number of professions before becoming active in Mohegan tribal affairs late in life. He worked as a
disaster reliefcoordinator for the Salvation Armyand a payroll deliveryman for an armored car company, among other jobs.
He was a skilled and active marble sculptor. His works were placed on display at the
Connecticut State Capitoland other public buildings. Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rellissued a statement following Sturges' death in 2007 saying, "He will be forever remembered for his contributions not only as a wise leader ... but as a skilled sculptor."
* [http://www.courant.com/news/custom/topnews/hcu-sturges-obit-1001,0,247545.story?coll=hc_tab01_layout The Hartford Courant: Mohegan Chief Dies]
* [http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-sturges1002.artoct02,0,1561495.story The Hartford Courant: Longtime Mohegan Leader Dies At 88]
* [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/04/nyregion/04sturges.html?em&ex=1191643200&en=375bc073dee757e5&ei=5087%0A New York Times: Ralph Sturges, Chief of Mohegan Tribe, Dies at 88]
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