August 19, 2013
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker today nominated Chuck Hoskin Jr. of Vinita to serve as secretary of state for the tribe.
Hoskin currently serves the Cherokee Nation as the deputy speaker of the Tribal Council and has been on the council since 2007. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association - Indian Law Section and the Cherokee Nation Bar Association, and he mostly recently served as a resident officer and attorney for the National Labor Relations Board.
“Chuck’s commitment to the Cherokee Nation, his experience in federal and tribal law, and his service in our legislative branch uniquely qualify him for secretary of state,” Baker said. “I know he will be a valuable asset to my administration as we continue our proactive agenda for Cherokee citizens. Chuck and I share the same values and vision for our people. We are crafting policies that move the Cherokee Nation forward, creating more opportunities for home ownership, greater access to quality health care and a renewed sense of hope.”
“It has been a blessing to serve the Cherokee people on the council. I consider public service a calling. I’m honored that Chief Baker has called me to serve the Cherokee people as secretary of state, and I will do my level best to serve effectively,” Hoskin said.
Cabinet positions are appointed by the Principal Chief and confirmed by the Tribal Council. If confirmed, Hoskin will surrender his seat on the council and a special election will be called to elect his successor in District 11.
The Cherokee Nation Secretary of State role has been vacant since Charles L. Head passed away in January.