November 26, 2018
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council confirmed former Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis as the new registrar of the Cherokee Nation Registration Committee during a special meeting Monday.
Hargis, of Stilwell, was nominated by Principal Chief Bill John Baker to fulfill the term of former Registrar Linda O’Leary, who recently retired. The registrar’s term runs concurrent with the Principal Chief’s term, ending Aug. 14, 2019.
Hargis served on the Tribal Council from December 2011 until her appointment as registrar.
“Serving the Cherokee people has been one of the greatest honors of my life, and I am so happy to continue that service as the tribe’s new registrar,” Hargis said. “Former Registrar Linda O’Leary did great work in leading a department that erased an application processing backlog and implemented a Cherokee Nation photo ID, and I am excited to continue that progress so that our citizens are served efficiently. I thank Chief Baker and the Tribal Council for their support and look forward to working with the great staff in the tribe’s registration department.”
As registrar, Hargis will be charged with managing the tribe’s registration department and overseeing the processing of Cherokee Nation citizenship applications and Certificate Degree of Indian Blood certifications.
“Frankie Hargis has continuously displayed a dedication to the Cherokee people that is second to none. She brings a wealth of knowledge about our government, laws and processes to this critical leadership position,” Baker said. “She has deep roots in Adair County, with a proven track record in project management. Because the Registration Department is many times the first touch point people have with the Cherokee Nation and our enrollment process, it is important to have a qualified professional like Councilor Hargis. I know she and her staff will continue to work diligently to serve our citizens.”
During Hargis’ time on the Tribal Council, she served on all Tribal Council committees, chairing the Health Committee from 2015-17. Hargis served as an advisory board member for Cherokee Nation Businesses and the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation.
Hargis worked with Chief Baker’s office to lead a health care initiative that resulted in the expansion of the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center in Stilwell as well as three other Cherokee Nation health centers. She also helped facilitate the building of a new Cherokee Nation Child Development Center in Stilwell.
“Serving on the Tribal Council with Frankie Hargis has been an honor and a privilege. The work ethic example she set for the role of Tribal Councilor is truly inspiring,” said Tribal Councilor Bryan Warner, of Sallisaw. “She was always willing to listen to our citizens and help in any way she could. I know she will take that same work ethic and apply it to her new role as registrar of the Cherokee Nation. She will be missed on our legislative body, but I am happy in knowing that her service to the Cherokee people will continue.”
In other business, the Tribal Council passed a resolution setting the special election date for the vacated District 7 seat. The special election will be held Jan. 5, with early voting being held Jan. 3-4. Filing dates for the special election are Nov. 27-29. For more information, contact the Cherokee Nation Election Commission at 918-458-5899.
The next meeting of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council is Monday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.