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