Santa Rosa Creek Tribe

Chief "Blue Eyes" Thomas Nichols

Chief Blue Eyes was born in Atmore, Alabama in 1953, but has been a lifelong resident of Santa Rosa County. He attended Milton High School and Pensacola State College. He is married to the former Miss Laura Wheeler. They have two sons, Sam, 31 years old and Tommy, 32 years old. He and Laura have a grandson, Britton Nichols, born September 26, 2011.

Chief Blue Eyes is a Professional Land Surveyor and is the owner of Benchmark Surveying and Land Planning, Inc. in Pace, Florida. He is also co-owner of Country Living Realty and Investments. He and his wife have just celebrated their 28th year in business in Santa Rosa County. He has been affiliated with the Creek Indian People for many years. His ancestral history dates back to the Creek Indians who fought alongside the Americans in the War of 1812. His ancestry is documented in the Creek Indian Censor of 1832, where his people were of the Wind Clan (Elliott/Ward). He is a descendant of Chief Jackson Knight of Georgia and Chief William McIntosh of Alabama.

In 1994, Chief Blue Eyes became the twenty-third Native American in Florida history to be granted minority status in the State of Florida and the first Native American minority-owned business in Santa Rosa County. Also in 1994, Chief Blue Eyes by majority vote was elected President of the Creek Confederation of Florida, where he served for a one year term. He has served on the Florida Consumer Council for over fourteen years where he was originally appointment by Congressman Jeff Miller and reappointed by Senator Greg Evers. He is the Past President of the Santa Rosa County Tax Watch Group, Past President of The Pace Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and Past Chairman of Santa Rosa County Planning Board for eight years. Appointed by Commissioner Jimmy Williamson and reappointed by County Commissioner Robert Hilliard, Past President of Pace Floridatown Historical Society.

His hobbies include hunting, fishing, horseback riding and researching historical documents concerning the Creek Indians of Florida and Alabama.