All Dockets Passed to May and Court Filing Counters Closed

The court clerk counters shall be closed effective immediately. All filings shall be submitted via email, facsimile, and or United Stated Postal Service. Parties and counsel shall look to the District Rules of Cherokee Nation Rules 1, 2, and 3 for guidance. (Supreme Court Rules 22, 23, and 24)

The regular District Court Friday dockets for March and April are hereby continued as follows:

March 20, 2020 continued to May 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM,

March 27, 2020 continued to May 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM,

April 3, 2020 continued to May 1, 2020 at 1:00 PM,

April 9, 2020 continued to May 8, 2020 at 1:00 PM,

April 17, 2020 continued to May 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM, and

April 24, 2020 continued to May 22, 2020 at 1:00PM.

The regular District Court Child Support docket for April is hereby continued from April 14, 2020 to May 19, 2020.

This order is subject to extension or modification as necessitated by this emergency.

For more information, please call court staff at (918) 207-3900.

SC-AD-20-01 Order Regarding the COVID-19

Justice Troy Wayne Poteete

Troy Wayne Poteete was appointed to the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court by Chief Chad Smith in 2007.  He maintains law offices in his home town of Webbers Falls.  He and his wife Elizabeth live on a hill overlooking Deep Branch and the Cherokee Old Settler Capitol, Tahlonteeskee.  Together they created a modern day version of the Cherokee turban worn by the Cherokee genius Sequoyah.  Elizabeth is the daughter of the late Rev. Charley Carey.  She grew up in the Lost City Community.

In 1991, Poteete was elected to the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council to represent the Three Rivers District, the southernmost of the nine Cherokee Nation districts, in the first election of tribal councilors by district since Oklahoma statehood.  After serving as a Tribal Councilman two consecutive terms, Councilman Poteete did not seek re-election.  In June 2000 he was appointed Executive Director of the Arkansas Riverbed Authority, a tribal entity jointly created by the Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Cherokee Nations to administer their interests in the 96 mile section of the Arkansas River between Muskogee, Oklahoma and Fort Smith, Arkansas.  He graduated from the University of Tulsa Law School in 2001, and entered private practice.

Justice Poteete founded the Historical Society in Webbers Falls; was a founding member and current Vice President of the National Trail of Tears Association; served as Executive Director of the Cherokee Nation Historical Society; and was a delegate to the Cherokee Nation Constitutional Convention in 1999.  He represents the Cherokee Nation on the Five Civilized Tribes Museum Board, and regularly speaks and lectures about Cherokee History.