Flags to fly half-staff for late Oneida Nation chairman

    Gov. Tony Evers addresses reporters after the Senate Republicans fire his cabinet pick for ag secretary, Brad Pfaff.
    Gov. Tony Evers addresses reporters after the Senate Republicans fire his cabinet pick for ag secretary, Brad Pfaff.

    Gov. Tony Evers has ordered that the Wisconsin and U.S. flags are to be flown at half-staff On Dec. 18 until Dec. 19, in honor of former Oneida Nation Chairman Rick Hill, who died at the age of 66 Dec. 12.

    Evers described Hill as an instrumental figure in developing and implementing national regulatory standards for tribal government gaming.

    Hill’s obituary on the Oneida Nation’s website describes him as a talented athlete, and grandson of the first Native American woman doctor in the country, Dr. Rosa Minoka Hill. The late chairman graduated from DePere High School, and became West DePere High School’s student athlete of the year in 1971.

    While serving as chairman between 1990 and 1993, Hill negotiated the tribe’s first gaming compact with the state of Wisconsin. The move was significant in that it was pivotal in establishing Native American casinos on Native land. In fact, the Oneida was the first tribe to offer gaming services on sovereign land.

    “Since their modest beginnings,” reads a page on the gaming compact, “the Oneida Indian Nation has consistently created jobs and generated economic activity in the region, even more so since the 1993 agreement.”

    “Chairman Hill leaves behind a legacy of service not only to the Oneida Tribe and Wisconsin’s Native Nations, but to our entire state,” said Gov. Evers. “On behalf of the state of Wisconsin, I want to extend my condolences to his family, friends, and the Oneida Nation on his sudden passing.” Evers’ order to fly all flags at half-staff is  in Executive Order #63. The governor joined Wisconsinites everywhere in wishing  the late chairman peace, and rest.

    Isiah Holmes
    Isiah Holmes is a journalist and videographer, and a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Holmes' video work dates back to his high school days at Wauwatosa East High, when he made a documentary about the local police department. Since then, his writing has been featured in Urban Milwaukee, Isthmus, Milwaukee Stories, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Services, Pontiac Tribune, and other outlets.