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TAHLEQUAH, OKLAOMA Chuck Hoskin Jr. was confirmed by Cherokee Nation's Tribal Council as the Tribe's new secretary of state. Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Justice John Garrett administered the oath of office and Hoskin Jr. began his cabinet position on Thursday, August 29.
As secretary of state, Hoskin Jr. serves as the liaison to federal, state and other tribal governments to protect the interests of the Cherokee Nation.
Hoskin wasted no time tackling issues in his role as secretary of state. Within a week of assuming his new position as secretary of state, Hoskin released the official Cherokee Nation response to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signing the extradition order that may send Dusten Brown to South Carolina to face the felony charge of "custodial interference" for not transferring his biological daughter, Veronica to the non-Native adoptive couple.
“The civil rights of both Dusten and Veronica Brown are being ignored,”
wrote Hoskin about the two Cherokee Nation tribal citizens.
At the time of Hoskin's selection to be the Tribe's Principal Chief Bill John Baker praised selection to be secretary of state.
“Chuck has dutifully served the Cherokee people as a tribal councilor, Deputy Speaker and will continue to do so as secretary of state. He has proven to be a leader who will work for the greater good, to put the people's needs first and to preserve our Cherokee values,”
said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.
“Chuck is a man of the highest moral character and, like me, Chuck is committed to expanding opportunities for Cherokee citizens and ensuring that our tribal sovereign nation remains strong and continues to grow.”
Speaker Tina Glory-Jordan said Hoskin will be sorely missed by the Tribal Council, as an often calming voice among the 17 member body.
“I always knew he was destined for greater things,”
“We hate to lose him, but we want him to have opportunities that will make us a better tribe.”
Hoskin Jr., of Vinita, vacated his District 11 Tribal Council seat which expires in 2017. He was first elected to the Cherokee Nation's Tribal Council in 2007. He is the son of Oklahoma State Representative, Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff and former Cherokee Councilor Chuck Hoskin, Sr. and the late Patricia Helton.
A special election to fill District 11 is set for October 12.
posted September 9, 2013 7:30 am edt