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Cherokee Nation Loses a Beloved Leader



The Cherokee Nation mourns the loss of Supreme Court Justice Lynn Burris.

Justice Burris was appointed to the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court seat 3 and served from January 1, 2015 until his passing.


“Justice Burris performed his duties to the Cherokee Nation and Cherokee people both faithfully and impartially, and his depth of Cherokee history and expert knowledge in judicial procedure in northeastern Oklahoma, will leave a tremendous void in our Cherokee legal world,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said.


Justice Burris had an extensive background in law and was an avid football fan. He served as assistant district attorney in both Sequoyah and Cherokee County and private practice from 1968 to 1973.

He held the position of associate district judge since 1973. And he was first appointed to the Cherokee Nation Judicial Appeals Tribunal in 1983 by Former Chief Ross Swimmer, and served until 1984.

He was a Champion football player, earning a state champion at Muskogee High School and playing on the 1958 NSU, and later OU National Championship football teams. From the entire Cherokee Nation, our thoughts and prayers are with the Burris family during this difficult time.”



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