Cherokee Nation District 6 Tribal Councilor Bryan Warner has announced his candidacy for the Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
A Sallisaw native and 1995 Sallisaw High School graduate, Warner spent much of his childhood at Blue Ribbon Downs, where his family trained racehorses. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in education. In 2009, Warner became a science instructor at Carl Albert State College, teaching chemistry, biology, microbiology, and botany. Although reluctant to leave the classroom that he loved so much, Warner became campus director at the Sallisaw CASC campus in 2017. His previous work experience includes training race horses while in college and a heavy equipment operator and mining supervisor for his family’s rock quarry.
In 2015, Bryan was elected to the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council. He currently represents District 6, which is the eastern half of Sequoyah County.
“The past four years on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council have been a gratifying and inspiring experience,” Warner said. “Working closely with Chief Baker and Deputy Chief Crittenden, we secured the relocation of the Oklahoma Veterans Center to Sallisaw and we took ownership and reopened the historic Sequoyah’s Cabin in Sequoyah County.
“As co-chair of the Council’s education committee, I am proud we did the right thing and raised the salary for all Cherokee Nation certified teachers,” Warner added. “Furthermore, the partnerships that the grant-funded Sequoyah Project will bring to Sequoyah County, will help ensure college preparedness and career readiness for our Cherokee youth.”
Warner was honored by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development in 2016 as one of the 40 under 40, for demonstrating leadership, initiative, and dedication and making significant contributions in business and/or their community. In 2017, he was appointed to the Tribal Advisory Committee for the Center for Disease Control. While on the council, Warner has been an advocate for the Cherokee Nation Foster Care program, working diligently to bring positive changes to his district.
Warner has always had a heart for service and is always willing to lend a hand.
His civic and volunteer experience includes serving on the Sallisaw City Council, leading local youth in church, along with coaching youth league wrestling, football, and baseball. Warner serves on the Sallisaw Youth and Recreation Commission and on the board of directors for the Sallisaw Youth League. He is immediate past president of the Sallisaw Lions Club and just recently vacated his board position on the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce, where he was chair of the education committee, instrumental in starting the financial literacy program in Sallisaw Public Schools, with programs such as Biztown and JA in a Day.
Warner hopes to continue his service to the Cherokee Nation as its deputy chief.
"I have had the privilege to work closely with Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. His work ethic, heart for our people and vision for the future has been a personal motivation,” Warner said. “I share the same passion for increased educational opportunities, expanded health care and preservation of the Cherokee culture and language. I am running for Deputy Chief because I want to help drive that vision for a healthier, stronger Cherokee Nation and brighter future for our children and their children.”
Warner and his wife Maco live in Sallisaw. They have 3 boys -- Kaden, Luke and Clayton. They are active members of the Sallisaw First United Methodist Church.
Pam Cloud, Managing News Director
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