TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - Cherokee Nation history was made this week when only its second woman ever was sworn in to serve as Supreme Court justice.
Angela Jones joined the bench Wednesday, swearing in as the first female justice under Principal Chief Bill John Baker's administration.
Jones, 43, will join four other justices and will serve a 10-year term for the Nation.
"Historically, the Cherokee Nation has been a matriarchal society and has always looked to strong women for guidance and leadership. That is why it is critical to have women serving in the Nation's judicial branch today," Baker said in a release. "The diversity and depth of experience Angela Jones brings as a prosecutor, defender and civil attorney in Cherokee and Muskogee counties will serve our citizens well."
Jones follows in the footsteps of Stacy Leeds, who served on the bench from 2002 to 2006.
"I want to thank members of the Tribal Council and Chief Baker for this opportunity and their confidence in my abilities," Jones said. "This is to me the highest honor as a Cherokee citizen, and I am very proud to be able to support and protect the Constitution for the Cherokee Nation and its citizens."
Jones has practiced law for nearly 20 years in Tahlequah and Muskogee and served as the assistant district attorney for Muskogee County from 1995 to 1996 and for Cherokee County from in 2007, along with a private Tahlequah practice.
She currently lives in Tahlequah with her husband and has three children.