Laura Spurr, Nottawaseppi leader, passes on at 64
Laura Spurr, the chairwoman for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan, died on Friday. She was 64.

Spurr was making a presentation at the casino owned by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in California when she suffered a heart attack. She was there to talk about her tribe's quest to open a casino.

Spurr led the tribe as it battled anti-gaming groups in and out of court. The tribe's land finally went into trust after a lengthy battle and the FireKeepers Casino opened last August.

"Without Laura being the tribal chair, it probably wouldn’t have got done,” Secretary RoAnn Beebe-Mohr told The Battle Creek Enquirer. “She was a very strong leader.”

Spurr will be buried on Saturday.

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