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AMERIND Releases Statement on Passing of Previous Chairman Wayne Chico

Wayne Chico, from the Tohono O’odham reservation passed on October 7, 2015. He was 64.
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It is with great sadness the AMERIND Risk shares with the AMERIND family the sad news of the passing of Wayne Chico, former Chairman of the Board of AMERIND Risk Management Corporation. Wayne Chico, from the Tohono O’odham reservation passed on October 7, 2015. He was 64.

Chico was born October 9, 1950 to Augustine and Edith Chico. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, his brothers, Austin and Joseph; his nephew, Joseph; and his great-niece Eililah.

He is survived by his children, Lindsey (Edward) and Michael; his grandchildren, Tyler and Liliana; his brother, Dennis (Linda); sisters, Theresa and Rebecca (Vincent) and his nieces and nephews.

Chico was one of the founding fathers of AMERIND Risk Management Corporation and served as the AMERIND Risk Board Chairman from 1986 to 1995. He worked for the Tohono O’odham Indian Housing Authority for 20 years, and was a strong advocate for improving Native American communities through better housing.

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“Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel of the news of Wayne’s passing. The AMERIND family will always remember Wayne in our minds, in our hearts and with great honor. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family,” said Phil Bush, AMERIND Risk Chairman of the Board.

As the first Chairman of AMERIND Risk, Chico was a trailblazer for AMERIND’s foremost goal to serve the risk management needs of Indian Housing Authorities. Since the beginning, Chico realized the importance of listening to its Members. AMERIND, unlike traditional insurance companies, recognized the people who knew Indian housing best were the AMERIND Members and continues on today to meet the insurance needs of our Native people.

As we remember former Chairman Wayne Chico, a great leader who dedicated his life to housing and its protection in Indian country, for improvement to Native American lives, let us reflect on his words. “It is important that we not lose sight of the spirit that gave rise to AMERIND and the sense that, by sharing risk among ourselves, we could eliminate the expense and the disinterest that we had experienced at the hands of traditional insurance industry, “ stated Chairman Chico in 1987.

We have all been honored and truly blessed to have known Wayne. Our hearts are saddened by his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his community through this difficult time, he will truly be missed.