indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+ indianz.com on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Interview: Gilbert Blue, former Catawba Nation chief
Monday, February 18, 2008
Filed Under: National


The Charlotte Observer interviews Gilbert Blue, the former chief of the Catawba Nation of South Carolina. Blue, 74, retired last year after more than 30 years in charge of the tribe.

"Q. Since retiring as chief, how are you keeping busy?

A: I love to work in wood, and I build outdoor furniture. I'm not the best at it, but it keeps me busy. The rest of the time I'm working in the backyard doing honey-do projects. We also have three grandchildren who come every Wednesday and we spend three or four hours with them.

Since I have a little more time, I visit with schools a good bit. I just went to two of my grandchildren's schools. And last week I spoke to a law class at USC on Indian law.

Other than that, I lay around and take it easy.

Q. You were an avid guitar player and singer. Are you still performing?

A: I'm visiting two assisted living homes a month. Two other guys help me do a 45-minute program of country and rock 'n' roll, then a session of gospel. I also spend some time with a soup kitchen, the third Thursday of each month.

And then I play down in Blackstock (S.C.), every Friday night. We just have a group of guys we pick up and play ... mostly country and bluegrass.

Q. What's your relationship with the Catawba Nation?

A: I keep in contact with them, with the seniors mostly. They serve lunch to the seniors every day, and sometimes I go down and visit. But for the most part I don't get involved. I did that for 34 years."

Get the Story:
A life of woodwork, honey-dos (The Charlotte Observer 2/18)

Relevant Links:
Catawba Cultural Preservation Project - http://www.ccppcrafts.com

Related Stories:
Catawba Nation to hold first meeting since election (9/7)
Catawba Nation elects first women to council (7/30)
Catawba Nation elects first chief in over 30 years (7/23)
Catawba Nation elects first new leader in decades (7/16)
Catawba Nation moves ahead with new leader (5/24)



Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Office of Special Trustee pitches lower budget as 'taxpayer' savings (5/23)
Steven Newcomb: Monuments to white supremacy harm our people (5/23)
Two more spills of oil from Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota (5/23)
Native woman in skirt and sandals wins ultramarathon in Mexico (5/23)
Brothers from Huichol Tribe murdered as drug war rages in Mexico (5/23)
Iowa Tribe misses deadline again to launch internet poker project (5/23)
Mississippi Choctaw citizens request vote on $25M casino project (5/23)
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe must wait to restart work on casino (5/23)
Documents show few meetings between Secretary Zinke and tribes (5/22)
Landowners on 2 reservations in Nebraska receive buy-back offers (5/22)
Human Rights Complaint: 'We are only letting the white people in' (5/22)
Mark Trahant: Funds for Indian health in danger under Republicans (5/22)
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation school works hard to teach language (5/22)
Harlan McKosato: DNA tests can't reveal your unique tribal history (5/22)
Gyasi Ross: Fired FBI director made sure Peltier remained in prison (5/22)
Tiffany Midge: A response to winning the cultural appropriation prize (5/22)
André Cramblit: Treasure your aunties and uncles for their histories (5/22)
Treaty tribes celebrate after court refuses to rehear salmon dispute (5/22)
Eastern Cherokee leaders open impeachment hearing against chief (5/22)
Top Interior nominee contradicts Trump on 'race' and tribal programs (5/19)
Arne Vainio: Expressing gratitude for the people we have around us (5/19)
Lawmakers dug deep to help North Dakota with #NoDAPL response (5/19)
Quapaw Tribe secures EPA grant for cleanup of contaminated lands (5/19)
Steven Newcomb: The racist and toxic roots of federal Indian policy (5/19)
Indian Country braces for worst with Trump's planned budget cuts (5/18)
Bipartisan task force announced to look into Indian Health Service (5/18)
Lawmakers push to renew Special Diabetes Program for Indians (5/18)
Albert Bender: Police slaughter of Native people rages unabated (5/18)
Steve Russell: There's a downside to impeaching Donald Trump (5/18)
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe cannabis consultant goes on trial (5/18)
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe repays money to address federal audit (5/18)
House passes bill to extend federal recognition to Virginia tribes (5/18)
Kalispel Tribe using bottled water at casino after contamination (5/18)
Leech Lake Band wins approval to build new casino at new site (5/18)
Tohono O'odham Nation secures victory in long-running dispute (5/17)
Dakota Access seeks to intervene in Oglala Sioux Tribe's lawsuit (5/17)
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves 3 bills at meeting (5/17)
Indian Health Service and 'high risk' tribal programs on agenda (5/17)
Bureau of Indian Affairs designates service area for Tejon Tribe (5/17)
Ruth Hopkins: Taxpayers footing $15M bill for DAPL private army (5/17)
Matthew Fletcher: Expect litigation after Supreme Court decision (5/17)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.