Who is Chuck Hoskin Jr.?

Author: Lee Brennan
Category: People
Date Published: April 26, 2019

Who is Chuck Hoskin Jr.?

Meet the Unique Okla­homan run­ning for Chief of the Chero­kee Nation

Chuck Hoskin Jr. is a name that has been shared across nation­al air­ways con­cern­ing Chero­kee and Native Amer­i­can affairs and local­ly, in the state of Okla­homa, a name that has been asso­ci­at­ed with an excit­ing peri­od of growth with­in the Chero­kee Nation. More recent­ly, we are hear­ing a great deal of Hoskin Jr. as he is build­ing on a sto­ried career as Sec­re­tary of State for the Chero­kee Nation in run­ning an engag­ing cam­paign to become Prin­ci­pal Chief in the upcom­ing June 1 elec­tion. In look­ing back on the sto­ry of the man, it seems to be a jour­ney that was des­tined from the beginning.

Born at Clare­more Indi­an Hos­pi­tal, Hoskin Jr. was raised in Vini­ta by lov­ing par­ents with his sis­ter. Ini­tial­ly, his father was an iron work­er and his moth­er was a home­mak­er. How­ev­er, through the course of his child­hood, Hoskin Jr. was able to wit­ness progress by hard work through both of his par­ents. His father became a let­ter car­ri­er in order to work his way through col­lege to become a teacher. Like­wise, his moth­er worked hard through school while man­ag­ing a fam­i­ly to become a Reg­is­tered Nurse. These exam­ples undoubt­ed­ly nour­ished the work eth­ic that has become syn­ony­mous with Hoskin Jr. through­out his career. A career that start­ed at Braum’s when he was younger where he would meet his future wife, January.

Upon grad­u­at­ing high school, Hoskin Jr. went to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Okla­homa where he would obtain his Bachelor’s Degree and go on to com­plete his stud­ies at the OU Col­lege of Law. While he had always had an inter­est in pol­i­tics, it was at this time that Hoskin Jr.‘s father, who seems to be ever grow­ing in his own life, served on the Chero­kee Coun­cil from 1995–2007, which proved to be influential.

Through his own desire to serve, and the inspi­ra­tion and influ­ence of his father, Hoskin Jr. became involved in attend­ing meet­ings regard­ing mod­ern­iz­ing the Chero­kee Con­sti­tu­tion. In 1999, while still in law school, Hoskin Jr. was invit­ed to be a part of the Con­sti­tu­tion­al Con­ven­tion that led to the mod­ern Chero­kee Con­sti­tu­tion. “It was an hon­or”, he said, regard­ing being involved in such a his­toric moment. A moment that was also when the young Hoskin Jr. began to be rec­og­nized on his own for the ben­e­fits of his nat­ur­al tal­ents, plus the mer­its of his humil­i­ty and work ethic.

After prac­tic­ing law for some time after grad­u­a­tion, Hoskin Jr. served on the Coun­cil of Chero­kee Nation from 2007–2013. Through this time of ser­vice his expe­ri­ence in Fed­er­al and Trib­al Law, and accom­plish­ments in a mul­ti­tude of ini­tia­tives and roles with­in the Trib­al Coun­cil led to his nom­i­na­tion as Sec­re­tary of State by Prin­ci­pal Chief Bill John Bak­er in August 2013. 

In the years that have passed, Hoskin Jr. has accom­plished quite a bit in his role as Sec­re­tary of State. In 2013 he worked on a cen­sus con­clud­ing, at the time, that there were 320,000 Chero­kees nation­wide, with cur­rent num­bers now approach­ing 370,000. When asked what has con­tributed to the mas­sive growth, he said the num­bers are, “dri­ven by the avail­abil­i­ty of resources. We’ve made room for direct­ing funds to com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tions.” When it comes to keep­ing Chero­kees con­nect­ed nation­wide Hoskin Jr. said, “it’s a chal­lenge.” And it is a chal­lenge he has tak­en head-on.

Social media, cul­tur­al events and the cre­ation of twen­ty satel­lite orga­ni­za­tions nation­wide, pro­vid­ing urban resources and con­nec­tion, have served effec­tive­ly towards bring­ing Chero­kees togeth­er. More­over, in his time as Sec­re­tary of State, Chero­kees have begun to receive pho­to ID’s prov­ing mem­ber­ship and the local admin­is­tra­tion spends ten months out of the year trav­el­ing nation­wide to engage and con­nect with tribe members. 

In terms of infra­struc­ture, Hoskin Jr. has seen the cre­ation of a 480,000 square foot out­pa­tient med­ical clin­ic in Tahle­quah, to be com­plet­ed this Sep­tem­ber. Hoskin Jr. and the Chero­kee Nation lob­bied the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment in the largest Indi­an Health Ser­vice joint ven­ture in his­to­ry for 100 mil­lion to aid in the build-out, with the Chero­kees cov­er­ing 200 mil­lion. The facil­i­ty is expect­ed to cre­ate 850 jobs, fur­ther cre­at­ing a path for young Chero­kees to become doc­tors, nurs­es and med­ical pro­fes­sion­als. To this end, the Chero­kee Nation has cre­at­ed anoth­er joint ven­ture with Okla­homa State Uni­ver­si­ty, who is build­ing a med­ical school in Tahlequah. 

More­over, in addi­tion to facil­i­ties at the four-sto­ry out­pa­tient hos­pi­tal fea­tur­ing a full range of med­ical care for Chero­kees, the build­out is pay­ing atten­tion to art and form as a place that rep­re­sents Chero­kee cul­ture as well. Once com­plet­ed, it will be the largest med­ical facil­i­ty of any tribe in the Unit­ed States. It is a mon­u­men­tal moment for the Chero­kee Nation and a sign of their pros­per­i­ty and the for­ward think­ing of their leadership. 

Addi­tion­al­ly, Hoskin Jr. has been a nation­al spokesper­son for the Chero­kee Nation and for Native Amer­i­can affairs both nation­al­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly. He gave tes­ti­mo­ny con­cern­ing the Chero­kee Nation to the Unit­ed Nations and recent­ly, when a sto­ry sur­round­ing Sen­a­tor Eliz­a­beth War­ren inspired a nation­al dis­cus­sion on what it means to be Chero­kee, Hoskin Jr. was the voice that was sought after to bring rea­son and under­stand­ing to the issue. “Any­time we can talk about what it means to be Chero­kee and its pos­i­tive influ­ence on the world I am glad to do it’, he said. Through these accom­plish­ments, and many more, cou­pled with his char­ac­ter, it is no won­der that Hoskin Jr. is the front run­ner to become the next Prin­ci­pal Chief of the Chero­kee Nation.

Sit­ting Chief, Bill John Bak­er, has stat­ed that, “Chuck Hoskin, Jr. is the most qual­i­fied, hard­est-work­ing per­son ever to run for Chief of the Chero­kee Nation.” And while his accom­plish­ments have cer­tain­ly been his­tor­i­cal, they are cou­pled with Hoskin Jr’s vision for the future in cre­at­ing a great deal of excite­ment sur­round­ing his campaign.

If elect­ed, some top pri­or­i­ties are health care, not­ing elder­ly care and reduced wait times, lan­guage and eco­nom­ic growth. He aims to con­tin­ue mak­ing improve­ments to health care and in mak­ing the recruit­ment and devel­op­ment of doc­tors, nurs­es and med­ical pro­fes­sion­als more robust. Along this vein, he has ini­tia­tives to inspire young Chero­kees to learn. Ever envi­sion­ing a path for­ward, Hoskin Jr. has a vision to help young peo­ple go to col­lege and to cre­ate jobs they can go into upon grad­u­a­tion. This vision is strong with­in the med­ical field, but Hoskin Jr. is set­ting his sights on bring­ing strong eco­nom­ic growth to small­er towns as well. The Chero­kee nation is main­ly found in small towns and “we don’t want to see them die on the vine. We find win­ning strate­gies that look at obsta­cles towns have and that’s how we win”, he said. 

In devel­op­ing new gen­er­a­tions of young Chero­kees to go into the med­ical field, and to help turn the cor­ner on job growth, the preser­va­tion of the Chero­kee lan­guage is para­mount among edu­ca­tion­al ini­tia­tives. Cur­rent­ly, there is a full immer­sion pro­gram of a Chero­kee only school for K‑6th grade stu­dents in Sequoy­ah. Oth­er­wise, there is fur­ther devel­op­ment of adult immer­sion and lan­guage pro­grams at NSU to accom­plish this endeavor. 

Addi­tion­al­ly, Hoskin has said he wants to “tack­le envi­ron­men­tal issues con­cern­ing the water, the air, and the land. To be wise stew­ards of the land and be a part of the solution.”

To make these accom­plish­ments an ever-grow­ing real­i­ty, Hoskin Jr. has cho­sen Bryan Warn­er as his run­ning mate to become Deputy Chief. Warn­er has a sto­ried back­ground as an edu­ca­tor, teach­ing chem­istry, biol­o­gy, micro­bi­ol­o­gy and botany, and is cur­rent­ly the Cam­pus Direc­tor, at Carl Albert State Col­lege. He was elect­ed to the Chero­kee Nation­al Trib­al Coun­cil in 2015 and has exten­sive recog­ni­tion and accom­plish­ments that speak to his heart for ser­vice, his lead­er­ship, and his ini­tia­tive. He and his wife raise their three chil­dren in Sal­li­saw where he has had a sig­nif­i­cant impact through civic involve­ment and vol­un­teer work. Hoskin Jr. has said of Warn­er that he is, “high­ly intel­li­gent and cre­ative. I know we will work well togeth­er because we already have worked well together.”

Anoth­er great part­ner­ship Hoskin Jr. was sure to speak to was his fam­i­ly. “Jan­u­ary and the kids keep me cen­tered”, he said. Speak­ing to her hard work and pas­sion on behalf of the Chero­kee peo­ple he said, “She [Jan­u­ary] has been intri­cate­ly involved with me and on her own. She takes time to make sure our chil­dren are get­ting involved in Chero­kee culture.”

Vot­ing occurs on June 1. For infor­ma­tion regard­ing the elec­tion, you can vis­it the Chero­kee Nation Elec­tion Com­mis­sion at https://cherokee.org/Our-Government/Boards-Commissions/Election-Commission/Election-Information.

For more infor­ma­tion on Chuck Hoskin Jr. and his cam­paign you can vis­it hoskinwarner.com or fol­low the cam­paign on Face­book at https://www.facebook.com/HoskinWarner

Lee Bren­nan

Author, Busi­ness Development

Lee Bren­nan has worked across a broad spec­trum in his career rang­ing from jour­nal­ism, culi­nary arts, min­istry and liv­ing the life of an entre­pre­neur. Cur­rent­ly resid­ing in Tul­sa, OK where he is rais­ing his beloved daugh­ter, and enjoy­ing life with his friends and fam­i­ly, Lee is dri­ven by a love for peo­ple and a pas­sion for telling great stories.

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Lee Brennan

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Lee Brennan has worked across a broad spectrum in his career ranging from journalism, culinary arts, ministry, and living the life of an entrepreneur. Currently residing in Tulsa, OK, where he is raising his beloved daughter and enjoying life with his friends and family, Lee is driven by a love for people and a passion for telling great stories.


  1. Ruby Bibbs

    Excel­lent article.

  2. Durbin Feeling

    Hard work­ing men; pre­pared for the jobs already!


    Najlep­szy sposob na osi­ag­niecie sukce­su w zyciu to postepowanie wed­lug rad, kto­rych udzielamy innym.


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