Executive Branch

Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner

Bryan Warner

Bryan Warner was elected to serve as the Deputy Principal Chief in 2019.  Deputy Chief Warner formerly represented District 6 on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, which is the eastern half of Sequoyah County.  

In his role as Deputy Chief, he has championed cultural and language preservation, workforce training and readiness and expanded opportunities for Cherokees to pursue education. He is also active in the tribe’s efforts in rural economic development, and Deputy Chief Warner serves as co-chair of the Tribal Advisory Committee for the Center for Disease Control. He has been credited with working with the Oklahoma Veterans Commission in helping bring the new Veterans Center to Sallisaw.

While on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, he was an advocate for the Cherokee Nation Foster Care program and worked diligently to bring positive changes to his district.

Deputy Chief Warner grew up in Sallisaw where he spent much of his childhood at Blue Ribbon Downs, working with his family to train racehorses. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master’s in Education. Warner started his journey at Carl Albert State College as a science instructor, teaching chemistry, biology, microbiology, and botany. Warner eventually assumed the position of Campus Director at the Sallisaw Campus, before being elected to serve full time as Deputy Chief.

He was named a distinguished young alumnus by Northeastern State University, and has been recognized for his leadership role by several national Native organizations. He and his wife Maco, along with their three boys, make their home in Sallisaw.