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Executive Branch

Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner

Bryan WarnerBryan Warner was elected to serve as the Deputy Principal Chief of the country’s largest tribal nation in 2019. Deputy Chief Warner formerly represented District 6 on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, which is the eastern half of Sequoyah County.

He was honored by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development in 2016 as one of the 40 Under 40 – a prestigious award that recognizes 40 emerging American Indians who have demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication and made significant contributions in business and/or their community. In 2017, Deputy Chief Warner was appointed to the Tribal Advisory Committee for the Center for Disease Control. He has been credited with working with the Oklahoma Veterans Commission in helping bring the new Veterans Center to Sallisaw. While on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, he was an advocate for the Cherokee Nation Foster Care program and worked diligently to bring positive changes to his district.

Deputy Chief Warner grew up in Sallisaw where he spent much of his childhood at Blue Ribbon Downs, working with his family to train racehorses. He has a Bachelor of Science in biology and a master’s in education. In 2009, Warner started his journey at Carl Albert State College as a science instructor, teaching chemistry, biology, microbiology and botany. Warner eventually assumed the position of campus director at the Sallisaw campus in 2017 before being elected to serve full time as Deputy Chief.

He and his wife, Maco, make their home in Sallisaw. They have three boys: Kaden, Luke and Clayton. They are active members of the Sallisaw First United Methodist Church.