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.
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.
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
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: