Principal Chiefs' Office

Meet Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden

S. Joe Crittenden, elected as Deputy Principal Chief, served two terms as a Cherokee Nation Council Member, is a sixth generation resident of the Cherokee Nation since the Trail of Tears and resides in the Peavine Community in Adair County.

Executive Branch Travel Reports

Quarterly Travel Report for the Principal Chief and Deputy Principal Chief

Meet Principal Chief Bill John Baker

Bill John Baker is a fourth generation of Cherokee, born and raised in Cherokee County and the great-grandson of Nancy Walker Osage, an early Tahlequah business owner and Cherokee Healer. Nancy’s mother, Sarah Tackett was brought to Tahlequah Indian Territory by friends after her parents died on the “Trail of Tears”.