Author: Wally Waits

The Government of the Muskogee

The government of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is divided into three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. Okmulgee is the capital of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and serves as the seat of government.

The Government of the Muskogee

Executive branch

A Principal Chief, Second Chief, Tribal Administrator, and Secretary of the Nation lead the Executive branch. Citizens cast ballots every four years for both the Principal Chief and Second Chief as they are elected individually. The Principal Chief then chooses staff the legislative branch known as The National Council must confirm. The current members of the executive branch are as follows:Administrator

  • James Floyd, Principal Chief
  • Louis Hicks, Second Chief
  • Jerry McPeak, Tribal

The legislative branch is the National Council. A council-manager form of municipal government governs the City of Muskogee. The city manager is the administrative leader of the government and appointed by the city council, the legislative and quasi-judicial body of city government.

Each member of the council is elected by the city as a whole, and must reside in the ward he or she represents.  Elections are held on the first Tuesday in April in each even-numbered year.

Under the provisions of the City Charter of Muskogee, the city is divided into four wards, with two members elected from each council, composed of a Mayor and an eight-member body. Qualified electors of the entire city shall elect the Mayor at large. The eight districts include Creek, Tulsa, Wagoner, Okfuskee, Muskogee, Okmulgee, McIntosh, and Tukvpvtce (Hughes). Qualified electors of their respective wards shall elect all candidates for the office of council member where each member of the council elected by the city must reside in the ward he or she represents.

The term for Mayor is two years and Council Members serve for four years, which are staggered. For a candidate to be elected he/she must receive a majority (50% + 1) of the votes cast and if no candidate garners a majority, a run-off election is held between the two candidates that received the most votes. Whoever wins the run-off election gets to be the Mayor and Member of the Council.

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The Mayor is recognized as head of the City government for all ceremonial purposes and the Council shall elect from its members a Vice Mayor. All elections are non-partisan; the mayor and the members of the city council receive no salary or compensation for their services.

The Nation has two courts: the Muscogee (Creek) Nation District Court and the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has final authority over disputes about the Muscogee Creek Constitution and Laws. The current members of the Supreme Court are as follows:

Chief Justice Andrew Adams III

Vice-Chief Justice George Thompson Jr.

Justice Richard C. Lerblance

Justice Leah Harjo-Ware

Justice Kathleen R. Supernaw

Justice Montie R. Deer

Justice Amos McNac

Top 10 resepte vir laer Muskogee Creek (Whigham, Georgia)

Calming Winds Creek Fry Bread

Tribal Affiliation: Lower Muskogee Creek (Whigham, Georgia)

Type of Dish: Today’s Native Dishes

Top 10 resepte vir laer Muskogee Creek (Whigham, Georgia)

Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sugar

2 cups white lily flour self-rising

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 16oz. sour cream water

Process Involved.

Mix all dry ingredients in a good mixing bowl and add sour cream to the dry ingredients. Add water work the mixture into dough. Leave the mixture to rest for about 1/2 hr. so it could rise. Pull off pieces of dough. Roll dough pieces in flour, make a ball and then flatten. Begin heating the oil. About 400 degrees is a good starting point. It if smokes, it is too hot. Fry in oil until golden brown, then turn over once—once only. When the second side is also golden brown, place the fry bread in a warmed, deep bowl lined with good absorbent paper towel to soak up the excess grease. Then use your best topping and enjoy.

Redman’s Cornbread

Tribal Affiliation: Creek from Georgia

Type of Dish: Contemporary & Traditional

Ingredients

2 cups water ground cornmeal

One can stewed tomatoes

One chopped onion

Salt and Pepper to taste

Pot of hot oil (preferably after frying fish)

Process Involved.

In a large bowl, add cornmeal, salt, and pepper. Dump in the juice from the canned tomatoes, and squish the tomatoes through your fingers into the bowl. Add chopped onions. Mix and drop by the teaspoon full into the hot oil and fry until golden brown.

Corn Cakes

Tribal Affiliation: Native American Ancestry, most likely Cherokee

Type of Dish: Today’s Native Dishes

Ingredients

Cinnamon

1/3 cup water

One cup pounded corn

Honey

Process Involved.

Pound hard corn until powder like. Pour in water and sprinkle cinnamon. Put in a little amount of honey.

Make a type of patty cake Melt butter in a small pan and cook until golden brown (flip sides occasionally). Let cool and pour honey.

Native Fruit Drink

Tribal Affiliation: Cherokee and Creek

Type of Dish: Contemporary & Traditional

Ingredients

4 Cups water

A Cup of Fruit (preferably Wild Strawberries and Blackberries or any fresh berry perhaps peaches)

Honey (to taste)

Process Involved.

Mix all ingredient in a blender and grind.

Add the honey and stir. Best served chilled.

Creek swamp cabbage

Tribal Affiliation: Muskogee Creek, central Florida

Type of Dish: Contemporary & Traditional

Ingredients

Heart of one cabbage palm tree

Salt pork or bacon fried

Salt and pepper to taste

A teaspoon of sugar

Water

Process Involved.

Clean the harsh covering off the cabbage, wash and cut into small pieces. If it does not cut easy, peel another layer off. Fry bacon until crisp. Add sliced cabbage, salt pepper, and a spoon or two of sugar, then boil for an hour or two until fork tender. àReady to Eat.