The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council appointed Nathan Barnard, of Tulsa, to the administrative appeals board during Monday night’s Tribal Council meeting.
Barnard will replace former board member Lynn Burris, who was sworn in as a Cherokee Nation Supreme Court justice earlier this month. The appeals board term ends October 31.
Barnard has more than 20 years of legal experience. As a lawyer, he represented Social Security Administration claimants in more than 1,400 administrative hearings and 60 federal court appeals hearings.
“With the wealth of knowledge and experience Mr. Barnard possesses regarding the appeals process, I believe he will be a true asset to the Cherokee Nation,” said Tribal Council Speaker Tina Glory-Jordan, of Hulbert. “The Cherokee Nation employees can rest assured that Mr. Barnard will be there to protect their interest and ensure all matters that come before the board are handled justly.”
Barnard earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law magna cum laude. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Cherokee Nation Bar Association, Tulsa County Bar Association and Oklahoma Association for Justice.
In other Tribal Council business, the legislative body recognized Cherokee National Treasure and world-renowned painter Donald Vann, of Tahlequah, for his military service, artwork and donating of his art to Cherokee citizens.
“Mr. Vann is truly a living treasure and inspiration to all Cherokee citizens,” said Tribal Councilor David Walkingstick, of Tahlequah. “His talent and success are undeniable, but it is his heart for the Cherokee people and culture that is really remarkable. He has displayed this love through every aspect of his life, including serving his country in Vietnam and painting beautiful Native artwork. He’s also ensured new homeowners have something to hang on their freshly painted walls that they can be proud of.”
Vann received the Cherokee National Treasure distinction at the 2013 Cherokee National Holiday. He also received the Cherokee Medal of Patriotism for his military service at a Tribal Council meeting that same year. At the meeting, Vann provided free artwork to all veterans and Cherokee citizens who attended the meeting.
In 2014, Vann donated 300 of his prints to the first 300 Cherokee Nation citizens who received a home through the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation’s New Home Construction Program.