Vazquez announces bid to seek third term on Cherokee Tribal Council

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

Cherokee Nation Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez announced last week that she will seek reelection to the Council of the Cherokee Nation in 2021, the first incumbent tribal councilor to make such an announcement.

“I’m proud of the work Cherokee Nation has done to improve communities across our district,” Vazquez said in a press release. “I’m proud to help lead these efforts. We have more work to do. I enjoy and take pride in serving Cherokee citizens and look forward to another four years.”

Vazquez represents District 11, the “Northern Cooweescoowee District,” which covers Craig County and the northern parts of Mayes and Nowata counties.

Vazquez noted progress on a number of issues during her time in office.

“Healthcare remains of great importance to our people,” said Vazquez. “One great challenge we have is with recruiting and retaining the best and brightest doctors and nurses so that clinics are fully staffed, including at our wonderful Vinita Health Center. I’ve been working with the administration on strategies to solve this, including our new Cherokee Nation OSU medical school and recruiting young Cherokees to be the doctors and nurses of tomorrow. We have a great staff at Vinita and all of our facilities, but we need to create even more opportunities for Cherokees to serve Cherokees in our health system. The Cherokee people simply deserve the best health care.”

Vazquez has served on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council since the fall of 2013, when she won a special election following incumbent councilor Chuck Hoskin Jr.'s appointment to Secretary of State. She was elected to a second term in 2017.

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