James Floyd was sworn in as Muscogee (Creek) Nation principal chief by MCN Supreme Court Chief Justice Andrew Adams III (left) accompanied by Vice Chief Justice Mekko George Thomson (right) during an inauguration ceremony Jan. 2 at the Mvskoke Dome in Okmulgee, Okla. Photo by Amanda Rutland/Media Specialist
Emphasizes Services to Tribal Citizens as Priority
Published January 3, 2016
OKMULGEE, OKLAHOMA — James Floyd was sworn in as Muscogee (Creek) Nation principal chief on Saturday, January 2, 2016. Also sworn in were Second Chief Louis Hicks and the 19th session of the MCN National Council during an inauguration ceremony at the Mvskoke Dome in Okmulgee.
The Muscogee Nation, located in 11 counties in Oklahoma, is the fourth largest federally recognized tribe in Indian Country with 78,000 enrolled tribal citizens.
Floyd was elected principal chief in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation general election on November 2, 2015 and succeeds George Tiger, whom Floyd defeated in the election.
Floyd is no stranger to the inter-workings of the Nation’s government. He began his career with Muscogee (Creek) Nation in 1978 and moved on to work in health care, retiring last year as director of the U.S. Veterans Affairs Eastern Oklahoma Heath Care System in Muskogee.
“I started work probably on the lowest level of the tribe. I was here when we approved the Constitution, when we opened our hospitals and clinics and when we first started gaming,” said Floyd on Saturday.
“I knew then that we had the ability to be great and I know we can elevate our Nation, not only in just how the systems work but in our dignity, respect, compassion and care for each other.”
During a press conference after the ceremony, Floyd said that he had already begun meeting with the Council and was pleased with the leadership they selected.
“I think that they will find us very open in engaging with them and working alongside them,” he said. “We have some very bright and motivated Council members and we will make sure that we stay astride with their ideas as well.”
Floyd said that his plans for his first month in office are to set a tone of service between the employees and tribal citizen base.