2012-2014 Tribal Youth Council members (L to R) Front row: Megan Baker, Claudia Baker, Mikal Yahola, Meagan Morrow. Second row: Elizabeth Burns, Nathalie Tomasik, Meekah Roy, Brandon Doyle, Lakin Keener. Back row: William Chaser, Eric Budder, Noah Collins, Jonathon Pilcher, Keaton Sheets, Jordan Galvan and Marissa Williams.
The Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council’s purpose is to create future tribal leaders. We strive to act as a voice and as role models for Cherokee youth. We promote the mental and physical well being of our youth, develop peer programs, and participate in community service projects
Youth council members represent the youth of their communities. The council consists of four members from each of the five districts of the Cherokee Nation. Candidates must live inside the jurisdictional boundaries of Cherokee Nation which include the following counties:
Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Ottawa, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.
Representing the concerns of the youth from Cherokee communities, Tribal Youth Council members foster relationships with mentors as well as other youth, experience the culture of other tribes through cultural exchange opportunities, learn formal meeting procedures and develop an understanding of the three branches of the Cherokee Nation Government.
- Between the age 15-22
- Must be a registered Cherokee Nation Tribal Citizen.
- Participants must be enrolled in a program of education (public, private, or home school).
- Enrolled students must be in good standing and passing.
- Each member will serve as a representative of their respective district.
- There shall be 20 members.
- There shall be four (4) members from each district.
- Terms shall be two (2) years. Election of members will be as follows: Seats one and three from each district will be elected on an odd year. Seats two and four from each district will be elected on an even year. Should no candidate(s) file for membership in the district(s) the existing members of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council shall appoint an individual(s) to fill the vacancy or vacancies in the district(s).
- There will be no term limit applied to the number of years served in this program.
- If members turn 23 during their term, they may serve out the remainder of their term.
- Provisional members are students who want to participate in the program without having to go through the election process. Provisional members will not be held to the point system or required to attend all Tribal Youth Council meetings or Tribal Council meetings. The provisional members can fill an elected seat in case of a vacancy.
- Oath of office. Sign a contractual agreement specifying length of office and duties.
- Member may resign from the youth council with a written resignation.
- Members must reside in the district they are representing three months (90 days) prior to tribal youth council elections.
- Never married (civil or common law); childless
The members make written and verbal reports quarterly to the Chief and Tribal Council regarding issues concerning the youth of the Cherokee Nation. Meetings are typically held on the first Saturday of each month. Elected members are required to attend all monthly meetings and assist with all community service projects. Points will be awarded for attending any Cherokee Nation sanctioned events. All elected members must remain in good standing. This will be evaluated through the point system which is monitored by the advisor.
Length of Service
Members serve a two-year term, beginning October 1 and ending September 30. There are no term limits.
Each year an election will be held during the month of September to fill open seats. Students aged 15 to 22 can register to vote and then declare their candidacy online. Declaration of candidacy is open August 1 through September 9 each year.
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