James Floyd Sworn in as Principal Chief of Muscogee (Creek) Nation

“We’re in the service industry. We want to make sure we have everyone understand that,” he said. “Their expectations for their jobs and we’ve also unveiled the plans as we go forward, the bigger picture and how they’ll fit into that.”

He said his plans are to have the names of MCN programs and departments reflect this with housing as an example.

“We’ve already began making plans of changing the name from Department of Housing to Housing Services and every department of our tribe will be named services,” he said.

Floyd said all current tribal construction projects would continue.

“We’ve already begun having regular projects meetings so that we can stay on top of those that we have throughout the Nation,” he said. “As you may be aware, presently building two health care facilities as well, in addition to remodeling one so we need to stay on top of those things.”

He conveyed his attitude towards these endeavors together in his inauguration speech.

“I believe that it is good to own property but better to own and preserve our traditional lands, churches, sacred and historical sites and to provide adequate housing to our citizens…Good to build health care facilities but better to provide timely, quality care to our citizens and an organized health care system,” Floyd said.

He also stressed communication with and services for citizens outside the MCN jurisdiction, transparency and feasibility in economic development as well as training and careers for citizens, apart from job creation and the operation of a tribal college.

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