WEWOKA — Chief Leonard M. Harjo has announced his intention to ask the Seminole people for the opportunity to serve a second term as principal chief.
“We have just begun the process of building the Seminole Nation of the 21st century on a solid foundation of financial integrity and cultural heritage,” Harjo said. “The most visible results of our efforts include a significantly larger casino at Interstate 40, a new and growing language program and immersion school, a new office/maintenance building for the Tribal Transit program, a new child care center in Seminole, a new Tribal Court system and a new Family Shelter. Less visible are the results of a significant investment in the renovation and repair of older facilities such as the Tribal Complex, the Mekusukey multi-purpose center and softball complex.”
Recently funded projects include development of a new facility at Mekusukey for the community health representative, diabetes prevention, and alcohol/substance abuse programs; a three-year language program curriculum expansion grant; and a veterans cemetery, memorial and gathering place. New leases allowing the Wewoka Indian Health Center to add the space it needs to significantly expand on-site health services are in the final stages of negotiation.
Harjo belongs to the Panther (Tiger) Clan and is a member of the Tusekia Harjo Band. He earned a bachelor of arts in economics from Harvard University and a master's of public and private management from the Yale School of Management.
He is married to the former Sheila Little. Together they have four children and five grandchildren
“My administration is proving that with the right leadership the Seminole Nation can grow.” Harjo said. “Another four years will provide the consistent leadership the Seminole Nation needs to rapidly expand its ability to meet the needs of our people.”
The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma is based in Wewoka.