It is with a heavy heart that the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians reports the passing of G. William Rice.
Rice served as the Assistant Chief of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in the late 1990s, leading with a steady hand through a turbulent time. Prior to that time, he served as a judge on the UKB Tribal Court.
As a professor of constitutional and Indian law at the University of Tulsa for over 20 years, G. William Rice served as a mentor to a wide number of students of Indian law and his influence will continue to shape the practice. He previously taught law at Cornell University and the University of North Dakota.
Volunteering his time without taking compensation, Rice was a member of the UKB Corporate Charter Authority Board.
"Bill was deeply concerned for the welfare of the Keetoowah," said UKB Assistant Chief Joe Bunch. "He was a warrior for individual and tribal rights and was a champion for Keetoowah rights. He was a friend."