Executive Branch

Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner

Bryan WarnerDeputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner was elected to serve as the next Deputy Principal Chief of the country’s largest tribal nation on June 1, 2019.  He received 59 percent of the vote.

Warner currently represents District 6 on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, which is the eastern half of Sequoyah County.  Bryan was honored by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development in 2016 as one of the 40 Under 40 – a prestigious award which recognizes 40 emerging American Indians who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and made significant contributions in business and/or their community.

In 2017, 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 council, Warner was an advocate for the Cherokee Nation Foster Care program and works diligently to bring positive changes to his district.

Warner grew up in Sallisaw where he spent much of his childhood on the back side of Blue Ribbon Downs where his family trained racehorses. He is a 1995 graduate of Sallisaw High School. 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 took the position of Campus Director at the Sallisaw Campus in 2017.

His previous work experience includes training race horses while in college and as a heavy equipment operator and mining supervisor for his family’s rock quarry. Warner recently vacated his board position on the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce where he was the chair of the Education Committee. While on the Education Committee, he helped start the financial literacy program in Sallisaw Public Schools.

Bryan 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.