Canaan Duncan wins District 7 Cherokee Nation Tribal Council special election

Canaan Duncan wins District 7 Tribal Council special election.Photo courtesy Canaan Duncan

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Councilor-elect Canaan Duncan the second youngest to be elected to the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council in the modern era

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The Cherokee Nation

Canaan Duncan won the District 7 Tribal Council special election after receiving nearly 66 percent of the vote Saturday.

The unofficial results showed Duncan with 573 votes, or 65.79 percent. Robert Eagle received 185 votes, or 21.24 percent, and Frankie Duncan 113 votes, or 12.97 percent.

“I am humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to serve the Cherokee people,” Duncan said. “Our tribe has seen great progress, and I will do my very best to ensure that it continues and reaches new heights in Adair County.”

More than 850 of the eligible 3,782 Cherokee Nation citizens in District 7, including absentee voters, cast their ballots Jan. 5 to determine who should help lead the tribe for the remaining two years and seven months of former Tribal Councilor Frankie Hargis’s term. Hargis resigned from office in November after being named the tribe’s new registrar.

At 28-years-old, Duncan is the second youngest Cherokee Nation citizen elected to the Tribal Council in modern Cherokee Nation history.

Results are expected to be certified by January 11. 

Duncan will be sworn in at a later date, after results are official and any challenge period has expired.

The Cherokee Nation is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and law. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. With more than 360,000 citizens, 11,000 employees and a variety of tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma and the largest tribal nation in the United States.

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