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MAURICE LYONS Born in Riverside County as one of nine children, and a Morongo Tribal Member. He grew up on the Morongo Indian Reservation attending Banning High School. He was employed for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a machine operation for 17 years. Maurice began his public service career in 1994 and served as a Tribal Housing Commissioner and as Chairman of the Morongo Head start Parent Policy Committee. He was elected Tribal Chairman in July 2001: re-elected Chairman in 2003 and in 2005. He worked with State and Federal Legislators on Indian issues regarding matters affecting tribal government and economic development. Through his leadership he made a priority to improve the quality of life on the reservation. Maurice was deeply committed to youth programs and language programs designed to preserve tribal culture, customs and traditions. He believed heritage is everything and worked hard to ensure children learned Morongo language and traditions. Maurice served on the Riverside National Cemetery's governing board during the time the MIA-POW monument was erected; his efforts were instrumental in establishing that monument. He represented the Morongo tribe with the National Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA), a 70 member state association of tribal governments and with the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations (TASIN), a regional federation of 13 tribal governments based in the Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In addition, he served as Chairman of the Board of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. He was honored by the Council of Energy Resource Tribes for his national leadership in preserving tribal sovereignty concerting utility right of way. He will be greatly missed by his family and community. Maurice is survived by his wife, Sandra Lyons; children, Tammie Lynn Lyons, Ernest Lewis Lyons, Melissa Renee Lyons, Maurice William Lyons, Joseph Rafael Lyons, Joseph Rafael Lyons, Onoalyse Onjaleeen Lyons, Joshua Nicholas Bau Lyons, Isabella Ryanne Lyons, Kyle Munson, Andre Petkov, Angel Raelyna Gonzales, Erika Gonzales; grandchildren, Tyler Grant, Jolisa Lyons, Albert Lyons, Ellie Soza, Nikki Soza, Tristan Martin, Sonya Soza, Priscilla Lyons, Cheyenne Lyons, Joseph Lyon Jr., Kaytely Norvell, Karma Norvell, John Norvell Jr; great grandchildren, Kriscinda Grant, Tyler Grant. Preceded in death by father, William John Lyons; mother, Amy Lyons; brothers, William J Lyons Jr., Thomas Lyons, and Albert Lyons; and sister, Annie Lyons. Traditional Wake will be held Friday, October 18, 2013. Memorial Services to begin Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 10:00a.m., all to be held at at the Morongo Reservation Community Center. In lieu of flowers please make donations to: National Indian Child Welfare Association in Portland, Oregon.

Published in Press-Enterprise from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19, 2013
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