Published on August 10, 2015
Thank you to all Cherokee Nation voters for having your voices heard during our recent elections. Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and I deeply appreciate the Cherokee people for placing confidence in our leadership. We appreciate your support and faith in a vision that creates a better quality of life for our citizens and our state, as we collectively move toward an even brighter future.
During our first term, we began building Cherokee homes again. Cherokee Nation Businesses earned record profits and employed more Cherokees than ever before. We invested more than $100 million of casino profits into the expansion of a world-class health care system. We made many positive changes that have made our children healthier, our elders and women feel more protected and helped our families flourish with new educational and employment opportunities.
But now we have an historic opportunity to accomplish even more for our people and our Nation. In the next four years, we look forward to helping more elders and inspiring more children to pursue their education. We will generate even more quality jobs, and continue our work to create the best future for the Cherokee Nation.
Today, we live in challenging times, but we also live in an era of emerging technologies and considerable opportunities. We stand at the beginning of a new era of possibility and security for the Cherokee people.
Our vibrant culture and heritage and our record investments in health care and education have created a foundation for our economic success. That success will serve the Cherokee people and help create a thriving future for the next seven generations of Cherokees. That’s our fundamental mission.
I promise to keep fighting for our people the next four years, developing programs that grow healthy and successful families and doing everything in my power to help our tribal nation flourish. I know with the help of this Tribal Council, we will continue strengthening the Cherokee Nation as a better government for the people.
Principal Chief Bill John Baker
I’m blessed and deeply honored to be the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, and on Aug. 14, Deputy Chief Crittenden and I will take the oath of office for our second terms, alongside eight Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors. I cordially invite ach of you to attend the inauguration ceremony, but if you cannot, I ask that you pray for the Deputy Chief, our Council, our tribe and me as we move forward.
Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors being sworn in are Buel Anglen, Keith Austin, Shawn Crittenden, Wanda Claphan Hatfield, Rex Jordan, Dick Lay, David Walkingstick and Bryan Warner.
The Cherokee Nation inauguration will be held at the Sequoyah High School gymnasium on Friday, Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m. It will be a celebration of our culture, our thriving government and our inclusive democracy. Following the inauguration is a traditional meal for the community.
The Cherokee people have bestowed a profound responsibility upon each of us, and we are deeply honored by your faith and trust.
During the next four years, I believe you will see tremendous positive changes for the Cherokee Nation—better than anything you’ve witnessed before. I give you my solemn oath that I will continue to work every minute of every day to make our Nation as great as it can be.
Bill John Baker is the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.