Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. was elected to serve as the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, the country’s largest tribal government with more than 385,000 tribal citizens, in 2019. Prior to being elected Principal Chief, he served as the Cherokee Nation Secretary of State. As Principal Chief, he has increased minimum wage at Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses and secured the largest language investment in the tribe’s history to expand Cherokee language education and preservation.
Chief Hoskin also appointed the tribe’s first delegate to the U.S. Congress, doubled Cherokee Nation’s funding for career tech education, and established the Housing, Jobs and Sustainable Communities Act to repair hundreds of homes for Cherokees elders as well as public community buildings across the tribe’s 14-county reservation. As Secretary of State, Hoskin worked to secure funding from the federal government to fund a billion-dollar joint venture investment in better health care for all Cherokees.