Eight of the 17 Cherokee Nation tribal councilors took the oath of office on Aug. 14 for four-year terms. Two were reelected to their posts and six are newly elected.
Newly elected Bryan Warner (above) of Sallisaw stated, "I am humbled and honored to be elected to serve the Cherokee Citizens of District 6. I would like to thank my family and all of my supporters who made this campaign successful. I look forward to working with the citizens of this district to help improve the overall health of The Cherokee Nation.
Warner (above) will serve as co-chair of the health committee. Frankie Hargis chairs the committee. Warner also joins Hargis, Janees Taylor and Curtis Snell as advisory board members on the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation Board.
Councilor Joe Byrd, former chief and formerly of Nicut, was elected to the post of speaker of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, with Victoria Vazsquez being elected deputy speaker and Hargis elected as secretary.
"With the new individuals coming on board, this tribal council is in position to continue the progress the Cherokee Nation has made in recent years," Byrd said. "I am truly anxious to see what our legislative body can accomplish when we work with the mindset of what is best for the Cherokee Nation."
Frank Thornton of Vian continues as advisory board member on the Cherokee Nation Businesses board.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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