Meet Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden

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Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden


Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden served two terms as a Cherokee Nation Council Member, is a sixth generation resident of the Cherokee Nation since the Trail of Tears and resides in the Peavine community in Adair County. He was elected as deputy principal chief of the Cherokee Nation in 2011. He and his wife of 42 years, Lynda Poppino Crittenden, a retired educator, have two daughters and three grandchildren. 

Crittenden graduated from Stilwell High School and holds a bachelor's in business administration and accounting from Northeastern State University. Crittenden served in the Navy from April 1964 until August 1967 and is a Vietnam veteran. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement in 2004 following more than 30 years of public service. 

In 2003, fellow tribal councilors selected Crittenden as chair of Health, co-chair of both Rules and Community Services Committees. He has served on all standing committees as well as the Cherokee Nation Industries Advisory Board. Deputy Chief Crittenden has worked and served under every principal chief since W.W. Keeler. He worked for the Building Program under Chief Keeler and continued within the Housing Authority under Chief Swimmer. Later, both Chief Wilma Mankiller and Chief Joe Byrd appointed him as a commissioner of the Housing Authority.

Crittenden has served on Peavine and Marble City School Boards and is a board member of the Mid-County Rural Fire Department. He is a member of the Baron Baptist Church.

General Contact
918-453-5000 or 800-256-0671 nationwide toll-free


Correspondence:Cherokee Nation
Attn: Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden
PO Box 948
Tahlequah, OK 74465