Jordan begins role as Dist. 1 Tribal Councilor

BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
Former Reporter
11/16/2015 12:00 PM
HULBERT, Okla. – Rex Jordan had spent the past 20 years serving the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation, but this year he is taking on a new assignment as Dist. 1 Tribal Councilor.

“I was both excited and humbled when I learned the Cherokee citizens of District 1 placed their faith in me to represent them in their government,” Jordan said. “I have always called District 1 home. It is the place where I grew up, was educated, and raised my family. Over the years, I have seen this area thrive and grow, and I want to do my part in seeing that progress continue.”

Dist. 1 covers the western part of Cherokee County and a portion of eastern Wagoner County.

Jordan was sworn into office Aug. 14 at Sequoyah High School’s The Place Where They Play after defeating Ryan Sierra in the June 27 general election. Certified results named Jordan the winner by a vote count of 856-494.

Since inauguration, Jordan said he has been “impressed” with the Cherokee Nation orientation process for new Tribal Councilors.

“We had the opportunity to visit with every single department head, and are undergoing a comprehensive program in which we spend time visiting individual departments,” he said. “The time spent with staff is invaluable, as we have the opportunity to ask very specific questions. It certainly makes both committee and council meetings work better.”

During his term, Jordan plans to assist those in his district by focusing on improving housing.

“Housing is an area of top priority for me,” he said. “I believe providing new homes and rehabilitating existing housing to meet the needs of the Cherokee people is of utmost importance.”

Jordan is already working toward that goal by joining the HACN board as an advisory member along with fellow Tribal Councilors Bryan Warner, Frankie Hargis, Janees Taylor and Curtis Snell. Advisory member positions are non-voting positions.

Jordan is also focused on increasing investments in education for citizens, especially since his background includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture education from Oklahoma State University.

“Education is also a key component of my platform,” he said. “I believe investing in tribal citizens by assisting them with their educational needs is the key to a secure future.”

As only one of seven tribes in the United States to be awarded a Joint Venture Program project with the Indian Health Service, Jordan has also made it a priority to improve the health care for people of his district.

“Health and the new joint venture is of great importance to the Cherokee citizens of District 1,” he said. “I want to provide all the assistance I can to seeing this completed and online within the next four years. The new health complex at (W.W.) Hastings (Hospital) will be of benefit to the Cherokee people for all our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This will be our future in health.”

When completed, the project will add almost 470,000 square feet of space to the existing hospital, as well as provide state-of-the-art medical equipment to better meet the needs of patients.

Jordan, a lifetime resident of Cherokee County, graduated from Hulbert High School and maintains a cattle operation on his family farm with wife and former Dist. 1 Tribal Councilor Tina Glory Jordan. When not herding cattle, he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and meeting with the people in his district.

“I am a hands-on individual. I enjoy visiting with the people in my district, many of whom will tell you I have spent time with them in their homes or on their front porches, listening to their concerns,” he said. “It's my job to take those concerns and questions back to the council and department heads so that we can work to provide information and solutions to the Cherokee citizens that I work with every day.”

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