OKMULGEE — Principal Chief James Floyd announced today he would not seek re-election as the leader of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. In 2015, Floyd was elected as the chief executive of the fourth largest tribe in the United States with more than 87,000 members.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is headquartered in Okmulgee and employs 4,000 workers with a $290 million operating budget throughout its business lines of hospitality and gaming, community health care, property development, and information technology.
“This difficult decision was made after much deliberation with my family, supporters and friends,” Floyd said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. “My heart and efforts will always be directed toward the best future for our Nation and citizens. However, at this time, I feel my highest priority is to now dedicate quality time to my family who has sacrificed and given so much for me to serve you these past four years.”
Floyd attributes his success to the hard work and dedication by his cabinet members, staff and administration, as well as cooperation by members of the National Council. Some of the projects Floyd was part of included developing a comprehensive master plan for a long-term vision for the Nation, stabilizing the financial outlook for the Nation’s health care system, and for the passage of the Stigler Act Amendments to ensure the retention of allotted lands for citizens.
“While these four years have not been without trials, I have enjoyed providing the leadership to guide the direction and progress for the fourth largest Nation in the United States,” Floyd said. “It has been my honor and privilege to serve as principal chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. I am humbled by the trust and encouragement shown by our Nation as I have worked to stabilize our financial outlook and to improve the service programs for our 87,000 citizens.”
Floyd pledges to continue his work through the end of his term in December and to provide a smooth transition to the new leader selected by citizens.