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.
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 comprised 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.
The role of youth council members is to act as representatives and voice concerns regarding their age group to their respective Tribal Council members. Youth council members will also participate in monthly meetings and orchestrate monthly community service projects across the Cherokee Nation.
“Ultimately, we are trying to prepare them for a role in public service,” Cherokee Nation special projects officer Patrick Hill, who coordinates the council, said. “My main focus is to get them to see the world not as citizens of a small community, but on a greater scale.”
The youth council experience is very much about experiential learning and embracing the exposure to great opportunities, Hill said.