Published December 30, 2015
TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA — Bill John Baker, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, has been named one of four Oklahomans of the Year by Oklahoma Magazine for 2015.
Baker is serving his second term as principal chief of one of the largest tribes in Indian Country.
The Oklahoma Magazine article quotes Chief Baker about his approach to leading the Cherokee Nation:
“I took an oath to promote culture, history and language of the people,” says Baker. “It’s part of that obligation that we found a modern, interesting way to fulfill that oath.”
The article cites the fiscal prosperity of the Cherokee Nation under the Baker administration in the article. Included in the 2015 successes of the Cherokee Nation was the increase of health care services to its tribal citizens: The Cherokee Nation opened a 28,000-square-foot healthcare clinic in Ochelata and doubled the size of the Cherokee Nation Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center in Stilwell and the Redbird Smith Health Center in Sallisaw. The nation also opened a 48,000-square-foot clinic in Jay.
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