Alvin Moyle, former Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe chairman, dies

Alvin Moyle

Alvin Moyle

Alvin Moyle, former chairman of the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe, died unexpectedly at his home Sunday night. He was 83 years old.
Moyle was a man of integrity, who had a unique way of uncomplicating even the most challenging of situations, always trying to do the right thing whatever the situation. His clarity of thought and analysis has guided the tribe through some of the most difficult of political times in history. He has proudly served the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe for 22 years. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, a loving father and grandfather, a great leader, and a hard working cowboy.
Moyle’s contributions in leading his tribe were recognized by tribal leaders, government officials and dignitaries. His involvement included the repatriation of ancestral remains and he aided in the improvement of Fallon tribal issues that allowed for increased delivery of services which included housing, health clinic, natural and cultural resources, education, environmental, and transportation.
Moyle was instrumental in the creation of the Fallon Tribal Development Corp., to assist the tribe’s economic development efforts and served as its first president. In addition he testified before a select committee of Congress in Washington, D.C., testified in federal district court, and presented a brief regarding government-to-government relationship with Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn.
He was a Nevada associate for Four Directions Inc. of Mission, South Dakota, assisting with the development of official voting sites at the Pyramid Lake and Walker River reservations. He also worked to implement agreements with Nevada Energy and Black Rock Solar for the installation at various tribal buildings; pursued the removal and replacement of potable water delivery systems; was instrumental in the purchase and development of Fox Peak Fallon and Fox Peak Fernley stores.
Moyle also regularly attended meetings as the leader of the tribe at the White House under President Barack Obama, testified before select House and Senate committees on the matters of health care reform, trust responsibility of the federal government, land restoration and the needs for a Nevada IHS area office and the Nevada Indian Health Board, as well as being a key figure in the construction of the Fallon Tribal Health Center.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe’s gymnasium, 8955 Mission Road, Fallon, at 11 a.m.

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