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By: Barton, Bruce
Readers interested in learning about the Lumbee Tribe, whether from a journalistic, historical, or scholarly perspective, have lost a strong, articulate voice and a prolific writer. Bruce Barton died on July 9, 2016. This book shows the broad scope of his documentation of the Lumbee experience through the newspaper he founded, The Carolina Indian Voice. It also shows the two voices he ably presented as a journalist: boldly confronting problems and injustices in "As I See It," and exploring the same situations in a leisurely, more tempered style, reminding readers to look back at the past and work to protect the future, as "Ol' Reasonable Locklear."
From the annotation...
Reprints 132 installments of “As I See It ” and 19 of “Musings.” Topics range widely, but many entries deal with double voting, Old Main, county schools, politics, Indians in the criminal justice system, and relations between Pembroke State University (now UNC-Pembroke) and the town of Pembroke.
Brantley Blue was the first official lawyer of Lumbee descent, after earning his degree from Pembroke State College and his doctorate from Cumberland University School of Law. He served as a city judge in Kingsport, Tennessee. In 1969, Blue was appointed as the Commissioner of the Indian Claims Commission by President Richard Nixon. He was the only American Indian ever appointed to the commission. He later served as special counsel to Native American Consultants Inc. and as an administrative law judge for the Department of Labor. In 1979, Blue passed away at 53 from a heart attack.
October 11, 1925 – August 2, 1979
[Entry written 10/03/2016]
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