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Charles Head Confirmed as Cherokee Secretary of State

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Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker tapped a former Bureau of Indian Affairs employee in November to become the tribe’s new Secretary of State. At the tribe’s January 16 meeting Charles Head was confirmed by the tribal council.

Head’s background includes more than a decade with the BIA, most recently as the interim regional director for the Eastern Oklahoma office in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was a deputy regional director and a superintendent prior to that. Head also boasts a decade of experience in Cherokee Nation tribal government, working a tribal liaison with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and director of finance according to a press release from the tribe.

“With his experience working with the federal government and tribes across this area, Charles Head is a natural fit to be Secretary of State,” Baker said in the release. “His talents have served the Cherokee Nation well in the past and they will once again be a tremendous asset. I look forward to working with him over the next several years.”

The Pryor, Oklahoma native is a tribal citizen, Vietnam War veteran and graduate of Northeastern State University.

Other confirmations by the council included, Deacon Turner, Jerry Holderby, Gary Cooper, Ricky Doherty and Sam Hart to Cherokee Nation Businesses’ board of directors.

“These men have shown a commitment to the business community within the Cherokee Nation,” Baker said. “They will bring a wide range of experience and talent to Cherokee Nation Businesses.”