The government of the Muscogee Creek Nation was sworn in Saturday. Principal Chief George Tiger said he plans to focus on the judicial process and healthcare.
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma -
The Muscogee Creek Nation is embracing change while honoring its traditions.
That change comes in form of a new government for the 71,000 enrolled members of the tribe.
"I'm really excited about this new administration because I feel like, once again, the Creek Nation is going to rise about the occasion and that we're going to progress," said Jean Froman, a Creek Citizen.
Second chief Roger Barnett is an army veteran and has served the Creek Nation since 1991 in different positions.
"I ask that you get involved in this government and your communities, help us to grow," said Roger Barnett, Creek Second Chief.
Principal Chief George Tiger has been a member of the Muscogee National Council for 14 years.
In his inaugural speech, Principal Chief Tiger promised to make the Nation's judicial and health care services top priorities, among many others.
"Educational opportunities for our youth, jobs, housing and to bring this Nation back to the prominence it once held," Tiger said.
Chief Tiger told the people of the Creek Nation about his first order of business, which has already happened. He signed legislation that allows him to appoint a special judge to help with the transition process to overhaul the tribal court system.
"My commitment to you is we will be transparent and accountable to you, our most important resource, our tribal citizens," Tiger said in his inaugural address. He then shook hands with the public, saying he'll have to make some strong steps and hard decisions to move the Nation forward.
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