Nanticoke Chief Herman Tom Robbins resignsCites personal reasons, council differences
Millsboro — Herman Tom Robbins resigned as chief of the Nanticoke Indian Association effective in June.
The association is the administrative arm of the Nanticoke Tribe.
“I resigned for personal reasons and some things, disagreements, the council knows about,” Robbins said in a July 23 interview. Robbins declined further comment about his differences with the five-member Tribal Council. Robbins said he served for two years on Tribal Council before being elected chief in 2010. His four-year term as chief would have expired in December.
Robbins, 69, a retired City of Wilmington building code enforcement officer, said during his tenure as chief he encouraged young people to learn about and continue Nanticoke tribal traditions, and he also worked to upgrade the Nanticoke Indian Museum on Route 24 near Millsboro.
“Starting a business was one of the things that didn’t get completed,” he said about plans to enter into a business partnership that didn’t work out.
Robbins said there are about 700 Nanticoke Indians in Delaware and an unknown number scattered throughout the country.
Assistant Chief William Daisey, 81, has stepped up to serve as acting chief. He said former chief Robbins is a busy person and now as acting chief, he would also be busy preparing for events such as Powwow, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8, and Native American Heritage Month in November.
Editor's note: This story original gave an incorrect date for Herman Robbins' resignation. He resigned in June.