Chickasaw Nation elected officials take oath of office

Release Date: 10.01.2020
By: Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • Five Chickasaw Nation officials elected during the July general election were sworn into office Thursday, Oct. 1; from left, Chickasaw Nation Supreme Court Justice Cheri Bellefeuille-Gordon and Chickasaw Nation Legislators Dr. Karen Goodnight, Connie Barker, J. Lisa Impson and Steven Woods. Photo by Jacquelyn Sparks.

ADA, Okla. – Five Chickasaw Nation officials elected during the July 28 general election were sworn into office Thursday, Oct. 1. Responsible distancing guidelines were followed during the ceremony which was live streamed nationwide.

Four legislators and one tribal Supreme Court Justice took the oath of office, which was administered by Chickasaw Nation Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda English Weeks.

Legislators Connie Barker, Marietta; Karen Goodnight, Goldsby; J. Lisa Impson, Ada; and Steven Woods, Davis, reaffirmed their oath of office.

Supreme Court Justice Cheri Bellefeuille-Gordon, of Sulphur, was also sworn into office during the ceremony.

Chickasaw Legislators and Supreme Court Justices serve a three-year term.

The Chickasaw Nation Legislature is comprised of 13 members, elected from the Chickasaw Nation’s four legislative districts: Panola, Pickens, Pontotoc and Tishomingo.

The Chickasaw Nation Supreme Court consists of three Supreme Court Justices elected by Chickasaw citizens.

Visit annualmeeting.chickasaw.net Sept. 26 - Oct. 3 to view the Oath of Office ceremony and a wide-variety of cultural classes and demonstrations, history and award presentations and the Chickasaw Annual Meeting, Oct. 3.