TULSA, Okla. — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation inaugurated their Principal Chief and Second Chief into office Saturday.
David Hill, the new Principal Chief for Muscogee (Creek) Nation, won by over sixty percent of the votes.
We spoke to both David Hill and Del Beaver about the many things they have planned for this upcoming year.
Principal Chief Hill tells us one of the first priorities as Chief will be to gain the trust of the people.
He says he's heard the concerns from employees that want to see change, and he's ready to prove they picked the right person for the job.
Hill tells us, “I have always enjoyed challenges so this would just be another challenge to over come.”
He says he was pretty overwhelmed at the ceremony, and come Monday morning it'll be time to get to work.
We spoke with one tribal member with concerns moving forward.
"This is a big part of our sovereignty that happened here today," Sterling Cosper said. "The ability to elect our own officials and have our own elections, obviously the inauguration is a big part of that."
Sterling Cosper is passionate about the Muscogee (Creek) Nation tribe and it's people.
He says their voice needs to be one of the top concerns of the new leadership.
"What I want to remind our officials is that free press needs to be a top priority," Sterling said. "It's easy for it to get washed with new things coming up in the government but this is something that is going to build the public trust.
And although some things need to change he says the tribe has made huge progress in the last decade.
"I was at the inauguration four years ago when we were still in our multipurpose building in Okmulgee," Sterling said. "We finished this expansion and we were able to have to ceremony here today at this lovely facility."
Principal Chief David Hill says in addition to growing impact in the state, one of his top priorities moving forward is gaining the trust of the people
"During the voting the were expressing their opinions, their votes matter," Chief Hill said. "Now I have the responsibility to do what I need to do."
Chief hill says things will continue to grow.
"Once you create that team together that really benefits and help the executive branch. It's all a team effort, we are there, we just need to push a little bit further," Hill said.
And with Chief Del Beaver on Chief Hills side as the Second Chief of Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
"My biggest goal right now is," Beaver said. "I just want to bring some responsibility to the position."
They say things are sure to keep moving forward.
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