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
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