TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Marshal Shannon Buhl was sworn in to begin his third term as the tribe’s head law enforcement officer Tuesday afternoon following a vote of confirmation by the Council of the Cherokee Nation Monday evening.

Buhl, of Tahlequah, was first sworn in as Cherokee Nation Marshal in 2011.

“I am extremely honored to receive this reappointment to continue serving the Cherokee Nation,” Buhl said. “We are working to expand the number of tribal law enforcement officers we have protecting our reservation, and we have been working diligently to continue meeting our responsibilities under the historic U.S. Supreme Court McGirt decision. That’s a task I know we will continue to work toward for the benefit of all those who live in or travel to the reservation area. I am sincerely grateful for being entrusted with this responsibility, and I am thankful to work with a team of men and women who are dedicated to serving this tribe and our communities.”

Buhl, nominated for confirmation by Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., was sworn in for his third five-year term by Cherokee Nation District Judge Luke Barteaux.


The Council also reappointed James Simmons as a commissioner of the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation Board of Commissioners.

The next Cherokee Nation Tribal Council meeting is scheduled for Dec. 13 at 5 p.m.