United Keetwoowah Band of Cherokee Mourns Loss of Assistant Chief Charles Locust

Assistant Chief Charles Locust Walked on Saturday, March 22, 2014

Assistant Chief Charles Locust Walked on Saturday, March 22, 2014

Services have been set for the late assistant chief of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians.

TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA — The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma mourns the passing of Assistant Chief Charles Locust.  Mr. Locust passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Stilwell Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.

As evidenced by his resume, Mr. Locust spent his life working on behalf of American Indians. During his career, he served as tribal executive director, tribal administrator, executive director of Housing Authority, director of Social Services, financial analyst, budget analyst, president of Gaming Division, general manager of Gaming Division, and executive director of Gaming Commission.

He was elected to office in 2004 and has served as assistant chief of his Tribe since 2005. He won re-election two years ago. Previously, he served on the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission under former Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry. Previously, he served as a regional alternate vice president for the National Congress of American Indians, representing the Eastern Region of Oklahoma.

Mr.Locust graduated from Northeastern State University, where he held a bachelor’s degree in social science with an emphasis in business administration.

Visitation for Charles Locust, 57, will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Reed-Culver Funeral Home in Tahlequah, with services taking place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at the Cherokee Baptist Association Tabernacle in Briggs.

Mr. Locust is survived by his wife, Brenda; his daugther, Rozlyn and companion, Braxton Redeagle of Stilwell, Oklahoma; three sisters and brother, who include Wayne Terrapin of Muskogee, Oklahoma; Jennie Tillery and husband Bill of Grove, Oklahoma; and Marie Brancheau of Claremore, Oklahoma.  He also leaves a grandson to carry on his legacy, Bronson Redeagle of Stilwell, Oklahoma, as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousin and a host of friends.

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