Tribal Council confirms T. Luke Barteaux as district judge

February 13, 2018

(L-R) Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Chief Justice John Garrett, right, administers the oath of office to Cherokee Nation District Judge T. Luke Barteaux while Barteaux’s mother, Lisa Barteaux Long, holds the Bible.(L-R) Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Chief Justice John Garrett, right, administers the oath of office to Cherokee Nation District Judge T. Luke Barteaux while Barteaux’s mother, Lisa Barteaux Long, holds the Bible.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council confirmed the reappointment of T. Luke Barteaux as a judge of the Cherokee Nation District Court on Monday.

After confirmation, Barteaux, of Bixby, was sworn into office by Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Chief Justice John Garrett.

Barteaux received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Public Affairs and Administration from the University of Oklahoma and obtained his juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law. He has worked as a trial attorney in Tulsa and previously served on the editorial board of the Cherokee Phoenix.

“I believe Judge Luke Barteaux has represented the Cherokee Nation well since he took an oath last year to serve the tribe’s court system,” said Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd. “Over the next four years as he becomes accustomed to his position, I expect he’ll continue to bring a level of sophistication to our courts.”

Barteaux has served as a judge for the Cherokee Nation District Court since May 2017, when he was sworn in to complete the unexpired term of the late Cherokee Nation District Judge Bart Fite. Barteaux’s new term will continue until February 2022.

In other business, the Tribal Council performed the following actions:

• Confirmed the nomination of Dr. Charles Grim as a board member of Cherokee Nation Healthy Partners.
• Approved amendments to the concurrent enrollment scholarship act.

The next Tribal Council meeting will be Monday, March 12, at 6 p.m. at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.