Raised on the Tunica-Biloxi Indian reservation, in Marksville, Louisiana, Barbry was elected tribal chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi tribe of Louisiana in 1978 and served until his death. In September 1981, the tribe received recognization from the United States Government. He also help opened a hotel-casino for the tribe. Barbry died of cancer on July 31, 2013, aged 62, in Alexandria, Louisiana. He was also the longest serving leader of any federally recognized tribe in the United States.
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