The late Mohegan Chief G’tinemong Ralph Sturges was inducted into the Connecticut Hall of Fame last month, joining six others given that honor since its inception last year.
Chief Sturges “was the lifetime leader of the Mohegan tribe. He was instrumental in helping the Tribe gain federal recognition. He also worked with financial supporters to help develop and build the Mohegan Sun Casino, one of the leading Native American owned casinos in the world,” according to the organization's press release.
Chief Sturges died last October at the age of 88.
The Chief’s son, Paul Sturges, accepted the award on behalf of his father.
"These are people who made a commitment and a contribution not just to Connecticut but to the nation,” said Representative Michael Caron (R-Danielson)
Katherine Hepburn, Mark Twain and Igor Sikorsky were inducted last year and in June four more were inducted, including the late Chief and legendary baseball star Jackie Robinson. The two others inducted in the June ceremony were Marian Anderson and retired United Technologies Chief Executive Officer Harry Gray.
Chief Sturges was a public relations director for the Salvation Army and during World War II, he served in the Army's intelligence division in New Guinea and the Philippines, earning a Bronze Star.
Gov. Jodi Rell praised Chief Sturges last year, "He will be forever remembered for his contributions not only as a wise leader - having most notably served his people during their successful campaign for federal tribal recognition - but as a skilled sculptor," she said in a statement. "The state of Connecticut and the Mohegan Tribe have lost a great friend and treasured talent, but in cherishing him we will maintain his spirit always."
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