Newly elected District 7 Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan took the oath of office Wednesday at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex.
Duncan won the January 5 special election by receiving 65.92 percent of ballots cast. He will serve until August 2021, the remainder of former Tribal Councilor Frankie Hargis’ term. Hargis resigned in November after being named the tribe’s registrar.
Duncan will focus on job creation, increased access to services and quality health care and increased resources for language and culture revitalization during his time in office.
As wife, Keeli Duncan, watches, District 7 Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan signs his oath of office after being sworn into office Wednesday. Photo courtesy: Cherokee Nation
“I am so honored to have this opportunity to serve the Cherokee people. Adair County is my home, and I have a desire for it to be a place where younger generations can stay and establish their roots as they start their families. To reach that goal, I will work diligently to see that the Cherokee Nation continues to invest in quality health care and education as well as job development for citizens in Adair County,” Duncan said. “In recent years, we have seen progress and the positive results of investments in health, education, culture and housing, and I believe we will see that progress continue and reach new heights.”
At 28, Duncan is the second youngest Cherokee Nation citizen elected to the Tribal Council in modern Cherokee Nation history.
Duncan lives in the Spade Mountain community near Stilwell with his wife, Keeli, and daughter, Kayni. He is a graduate of Stilwell High School and received an associate degree from Connors State College and a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University. Duncan was also named to the fourth annual iON Oklahoma 30 Under 30 Next Gen class in October 2014.
District 7 includes the majority of Adair County west of U.S. Hwy 59.
About Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and law. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. With more than 360,000 citizens, 11,000 employees and a variety of tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma and the largest tribal nation in the United States.
To learn more, please visit www.cherokee.org