Earl Barbry Sr. Dies at 62

earl_barbry_sr_1The man credited with leading the Tunica Biloxi Indian Tribe from poverty to prosperity has died after a long illness.

62-year-old Earl Barbry Senior of Marksville was the chairman of the tribe when it finally received federal recognition in September 1981.  He was the longest serving leader of any federally recognized tribe in the United States.

He is survived by his wife, pill sons and their families.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

KLAX ABC 31 News 7/31/13