Blair Gilbert, Executive Director/Chairman
Native Name: Saka Mahto “Claw of the Bear”
Blair Gilbert is the founder, originator and executive producer of Flying With Eagles. Inc. Through his vision and determination, the program was developed and has been provided to hundreds of Native American youth, both in traditional reservation settings as well as non-Indian facilities.
Gilbert is a lifetime member of NCAI (National Congress of American Indians) and has served as vice president and a member of the Board of Directors for the United American Indians of the Delaware Valley in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a member of the Baltimore American Indian Center in Maryland.
He served on the executive committee of the Native American International Caucus and chaired the communications committee. He was chairman of the Northeast Region of the Native American International Caucus and served on the executive committee and chaired the telecommunications committee for the Mayor’s Commission on Native American Affairs in the City of Philadelphia.
Gilbert has presented on numerous occasions before the Indian Prayer Breakfast at the U.S. Senate in Washington, DC, spoke for many groups on Native American spirituality and has been a guest on radio and television shows where the focus was on the Native American culture.
He was selected as subject matter expert (SME) and the lead technical consultant by Bureau of Indian Affairs to oversee the design and development of a 1,195 mile, $51.3 million fiber optic network connecting the seven Montana Indian Reservations