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Bill Iyall steps down as Cowlitz Tribe chairman, COO


August 25, 2020

Cowlitz tribal chairman William Iyall reviews plans for the ilani Casino and Resort in 2015. The casino and resort opened in April 2017. Roger Werth, Daily News file photo

Cowlitz Indian Tribe leader Bill Iyall last week stepped down from his role as general council chairman and chief operating officer, citing COVID-19 as a major factor in the decision.

Iyall, 73, said in a video announcement on the tribe's Facebook page that he has a heart condition that requires extra caution and for him to stay home as much as possible during the pandemic. He said he's "ready for a break" but added that stepping down was a difficult decision.

"It has been an honor to serve as chairman during a time of growth and resurgence of the Cowlitz people during the past 12 years," he wrote in a statement. "I have lived weekdays in my travel trailer in Castle Rock to be closer to the tribal government office, and I can now focus on my health and my family at home for the remainder of the pandemic."


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