Tribal Council confirms T. Luke Barteaux as district judge



Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Chief Justice John Garrett administers the oath of office to new District Judge Luke Barteaux, as his wife, Sarah, holds the Bible.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council confirmed T. Luke Barteaux as a judge of the Cherokee Nation District Court on Monday.

After confirmation by the Tribal Council, Barteaux, of Bixby, was sworn into office by Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Chief Justice John Garrett.

Barteaux received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs and Administration from the University of Oklahoma and obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law. Since 2011, Barteaux has worked as a trial attorney with Fry & Elder in Tulsa. He also served on the Editorial Board of the Cherokee Phoenix from 2014 to 2017.

“We have an entire generation of tribal citizens who are better educated, and they will take us far in the future,” Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd said. “Like Luke Barteaux, they are pursuing careers in law, medicine, engineering and business. You know, Bart Fite brought a level of sophistication to our courts. I believe, given time, Barteaux will do the same.”

Barteaux will serve in the Cherokee Nation District Court through Feb. 10, 2018, completing the unexpired term of the late Cherokee Nation District Judge Bart Fite.

In other business, the Tribal Council performed the following actions:

• Passed a resolution authorizing renewal of a grant of easement for the right-of-way of an existing natural gas line to the Oklahoma Natural Gas Company for the Cherokee Heights Tribal Housing Project in Pryor.
• Confirmed the reappointment of Amber Lynn George, of Tahlequah, as a board member of the Cherokee Nation Foundation. George retired as a speech-language pathologist, clinic director and instructor from Northeastern State University, who now contracts as a speech-language pathologist. Her new term will expire in May 2021.
• Confirmed the nomination of Wilfred C. (W.C.) Gernandt III, of Jenks, as a governing board member of the Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Care Agency known as PACE. Gernandt is the corporate construction senior project manager for Cherokee Nation Businesses. Gernandt will fill a vacated seat that expires in May 2020.
• Confirmed the reappointment of Dan Carter, of Tahlequah, as a board member of Cherokee Nation Businesses. Carter’s new term expires in May 2020.

The next Tribal Council meeting will be Monday, June 19, at 6 p.m. at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.

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