Community members, valley leaders gather to dedicate bridge to late tribal chairman
By Tamara Sone
Milanovich, 69, chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, died March 11 after a long bout with cancer.
“I know Richard is probably smiling upon us right now for many reasons, not only that I dressed a little bit better than the mayor,” succeeding Tribal Chairman Jeff Grubbe said, laughing about his decision to wear a suit and tie despite the warm weather.
“He would be humbled and very appreciative that the City of Palm Springs named this bridge after him.”
What you should remember is that Milanovich was a respected leader throughout Indian country. He lived in California, not the Great Plains...was a chairman, not a chief...and wore a business suit, not buckskins and a headdress. He could serve as the face of modern tribal leadership.
For more on Agua Caliente, see Two World Championship Fights on the Rez and Expedia Award for Agua Caliente.