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Article VI. Executive
1. The executive power shall be vested in a Principal Chief, who
be styled "The Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation." The Principal
shall hold his office for the term of four (4) years; and shall be elected
qualified voters on the same day and in the same manner, except as
provided by this Constitution, as they shall respectively vote for
of the Council for that particular year, provided, the Principal Chief
when this Constitution is ratified shall continue in office until his
is duly elected in the 1979 election and installed.
Section 3. The qualified electors shall elect a Deputy Principal
possess the same qualifications as the Principal Chief, for a term of four
at the same time and in the same manner as herin provided for the
of the Principal Chief, provided, that the initial election of the Deputy
Chief shall take place in conjunction with with the first Council
pursuant to this Constitution and in accordance with Section 1 of
4. In case of the absence of the Principal Chief from office due to his
resignation, removal or inability to discharge the powers and duties of
office, the same shall devolve upon the Deputy Principal Chief for
portion of the four (4) year term to which the Principal Chief
elected. In case of disability, such powers shall continue during the
of such disability. Vacancies in the office of the Deputy Principal Chief
be filled by the Council.
THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN ON INAUGURATION DAY.
IT SHOWS THE TRIBAL COUNCILORS [LEGISLATIVE BRANCH] , PRINCIPAL
CHIEF, AND DEPUTY CHIEF WHO HAD JUST TAKEN THEIR OATH OF OFFICE.
"OATH OF OFFICE"
The following is the Oath of Office found in
the Constitution of the Cherokee Nation
of Oklahoma as ratified by the Cherokee
people on June 26, 1976. All officers
elected or appointed shall, before entering
upon the duties of their respective offices,
take and subscribe to the following oath
"I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR, OR AFFIRM, THAT I
EXECUTE THE DUTIES OF [Office named] OF
THE CHEROKEE NATION,
AND WILL, TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY, PRESERVE,
DEFEND THE CONSTITUTIONS OF THE CHEROKEE
THE UNITED STATES O F AMERICA. I SWEAR
OR AFFIRM FURTHER,
THAT I WILL DO EVERYTHING WITHIN MY POWER
TO PROMOTE THE
CULTURE, HERITAGE AND TRADITIONS OF THE
Principal Chief Joe Byrd and Deputy Chief Garland Eagle
Holding Another Press Conference (sometime in August)
HOW TO CONTACT YOUR CHIEF OR DEPUTY CHIEF
All elected Cherokee Nation officials may be contacted
(or messages left) through the:
Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, P.O. Box 948,
Tahlequah, OK 74465-09448.
A toll free number (works only in Oklahoma) is:
800-256-0671, or call 918-456-0671. Fax number is: 918-456-6485.
Principal Chief Joe Byrd
Route 6, Box 191-2
Tahlequah, OK 74464
Phone: 918-456-0628 or 918-456-8244
Deputy Chief Garland Eagle
Route 5, Box 4250
Stilwell, OK 74960
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