Legg assumes Dist. 6 Tribal Councilor position
SALLISAW – New Dist. 6 Tribal Councilor Daryl Legg said he plans to continue the work of the former Tribal Councilor Bryan Warner while also implementing his ideas in the district and for Cherokee Nation citizens overall.
On Aug. 14, Legg was to replace Deputy Chief-elect Bryan Warner, and said he initially ran for the seat because he wants to help people, especially those facing unemployment, because as a former convicted felon he understands the struggles they face.
“For me, I just enjoy helping people, and it does something internally for me by helping folks. But also I feel like I carry a big torch for those that are also convicted felons. My story is out there. If people can see somebody like me make it, it gives them hope. It was really a great feeling to see everybody rally around you and elect you in such a high position. It just shows that people forgive you, you’re doing right,” he said.
Legg said he also plans to move forward on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility that is planned for Sallisaw.
“That was a big cooperative effort between Cherokee Nation and the city. So fulfilling that is going to be huge, especially for this area, the amount of jobs it’s going to create. Possibly we’ll get to see more houses being built. It will be good for the economy around here for sure,” he said.
He said another goal is to get a long-term rehabilitation center for CN citizens.
“One of my main goals, I know it’s not going to happen overnight, is to definitely work with Council on getting a long-term drug rehab building for Cherokee tribal members. And I’d like to tie in a cultural emphasis to it,” Legg said.
Another big goal is to job creation for Dist. 6, which covers rural communities such as Nicut and Belfonte where employment is hard to find.
“For some of these areas, job creation is going to have to be creative. What do you do in Nicut? How do you make it easier for them to gain employment like anybody else? There’s some issues you got to think about. You got to think outside the box, come up with some ideas that are going to make it possible for employment opportunities for people in rural areas. You know, you’re not going to land a Macy’s in Belfonte,” he said.
Legg said his experience as a Sallisaw city councilor should help him as tribal councilor. “I’m just so thankful for this opportunity. I’m excited to get started and just wanted everybody to know that I’m very approachable and easy to talk to. You are there as that person they can call, and trust that if they call you, they’re not going to feel like they’re being judged because of their predicament, because I’ve been through every phase of life you can imagine. So I just think people feel comfortable being able to talk to me about their issues.”