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September 17, 2012

Proctor to run for UKB council post

TAHLEQUAH — Perry Proctor has announced his candidacy for Tahlequah district representative of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma.

Proctor is an assistant professor at Bacone Indian College, where he teaches classes in criminal justice. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from Northeastern State University.

“I believe education is one of the best things we can do for our people,” he said. “It is one thing that cannot be taken from us. I hope to see more opportunities for our people to expand their education.”

Proctor’s wife, Vickie, is a direct descendant of Dave Bush. His daughter, Victoria Proctor, is a former Miss Keetoowah, and completed her internship as the celebration coordinator last year. His son, Jake, routinely volunteers his time with the tribe, with an emphasis in assisting the elderly.

“In the past 40 years, I have served as a public servant on local, state and federal levels,” he said. “Recently, I retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. I had the privilege to work with many tribes across the U.S., and have seen both successes and disappointments. I have a working knowledge in the area of self-governance, and hope to bring this knowledge to the UKB so we can continue to grow and thrive.”

Proctor is one of four candidates for the Tahlequah District.

“I believe in doing what is right and leading by example,” he said.

“This is a great time to be a Keetoowah. For us to be a strong, sovereign nation, we need leadership that is accountable, educated, dedicated, and has a vision for the future.”

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