MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

October 12, 2012

Cherokee Youth Council winners are announced


— A newly elected group of Cherokee students are set to begin their two-year term on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council after having won their respective elections, according to a media release from the Cherokee Nation.

Tribal Youth Council is an elected board of Cherokee students living within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction and includes an at-large seat to be occupied by the current Miss Cherokee.

The new youth council will be composed of the following Cherokee students:

• District 1 — Claudia Baker, Tahlequah; Lakin Keener, Hulbert; Nathalie Tomasik, Tahlequah; and Marissa Williams, Park Hill.

• District 2 — Brandon Doyle, Stilwell; Jonathon Pilcher, Westville; and Keaton Sheets, Stilwell.

• District 3 — William Chaser, Muldrow; Jordan Galvan, Fort Gibson; and Mikal Yahola of Vian.

• District 4 — Megan Baker, Locust Grove; Meagan Morrow, Bartlesville; and Meekah Roy, Salina.

• District 5 — Eric Budder, Elizabeth Burns and Noah Collins, all of Claremore.

• At-large — Christy Kingfisher, Tahlequah.

This year’s youth council elections were the first to be held online. Voter registration was left open throughout the election. A total of 124 ballots was cast.

Cherokee Nation’s Tribal Youth Council was established in 1989. Council seats are held for a term of two years starting Oct. 1 and ending Sept. 30, and the at-large seat inhabited by the current Miss Cherokee changes each year. Information: youth-leadership@cherokee.org