Brantley Blue, Judge, GOP Indian Official, Dies

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Joyce, Maureen. "Brantley Blue, Judge, GOP Indian Official, Dies." Washington Post August 5, 1979.


Brantley Blue was born in Pembroke, North Carolina as part of the Lumbee Tribe. He was the first Lumbee to become a lawyer, earning his degree from Pembroke State College in 1946 and a doctorate from the Cumberland University School of Law in 1949.

Blue practiced law in Tennessee for 20 years and became the Kingsport city judge from 1955 to 1959. He also served in the Navy and in Pacific Theater during World War II.

He was then named the commissioner of the Indian Claims Commission by President Richard Nixon in 1969, and was the only Indian to have ever served in that position. He later served as special counsel to Native American Consultants Inc. and as an administrative law judge for the Department of Labor.

Blue passed away from a heart attack at his Arlington home in August of 1979. He was 53. 

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