The Seminole Nation General Council is the legislative body for the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. The Council consists of 28 representatives; two from each of the twelve bands and two each from the freedman bands. Representatives are elected to the Council for a four-year term, through a general election held to coincide with the election of the Chief and Assistant Chief.

Council Representatives work as a body to pass resolutions and ordinances that govern the Seminole Nation and its members as a whole. Resolutions and ordinances that are to be presented at Council level are first reviewed at Band level where Band members are given an opportunity to discuss the issues and send their vote to the Council floor through their representatives.

The General Council meets four times at year in regularly scheduled quarterly meetings. These meetings are held at the General Council House on the grounds of historic Mekusukey Academy on the first Saturday of March, June, September and December. In addition, throughout the year, special called or emergency called meetings may be held should a pertinent issue arise.



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Principal Chief Greg Chilcoat

Chief Greg P. Chilcoat is from the Tusekia Harjo Band and Deer Clan. Chief Chilcoat was born August, 21, 1968 in Seminole, Oklahoma. He is honored to have Larry and Ida (Wood) Chilcoat as parents and the privilege to be the grandson of Jimmy and Flora (Harjo) Wood.

Chilcoat has been married to his wife Dana Arthur Chilcoat for 28 years. They have two daughters, Lauren and Sydni Chilcoat, along with three grandchildren, Jayce, Jett, and Haivyn.

Chilcoat graduated from Crescent High School in 1986 in Crescent, Oklahoma. Chilcoat attended the University of Central Oklahoma, pursuing his education in Funeral Science. Chilcoat was a licensed funeral director since 1992, with the latest funeral home being Smith­Phillips Funeral Home in Ada, Oklahoma. At this location of employment, his title was Funeral Director. Chilcoat was in charge of all functions pertaining to that business.

While employed at Smith-Phillips Funeral Home, he was also the Chairman of the Board at Seminole Nation Division of Commerce. Chilcoat also served as the CEO for the Seminole Nation Division of Commerce since 2013.

Chilcoats' mission is, "To create a foundation and an environment that will inspire and empower tribal members for success. "

With that mission, Chilcoat is honored to serve as the new Chief of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. He would like to give his sincere appreciation to the people of this great nation for allowing him to serve in this capacity.










 Assistant Chief Lewis Johnson

Lewis Johnson

Lewis Johnson is the son of the late Charles 'Jiggs" Johnson and Sue Ann Kilcrease. Johnson; he is of the Bird Clan and the Tallahassee Band.

Johnson is not a newcomer to tribal affairs, but has decades of experience and service to the citizens of the Seminole Nation. He was elected to two consecutive terms on the Seminole Nation General Council for the Tallahassee Band and served as Band Chief. Johnson was appointed to several boards and committees by four different Principal Chiefs of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and comes from a family with a tradition of service to the Seminole Nation and its members.

Prior to being elected Assistant Chief, Johnson served on the Administration Appeals Board, Revision Committee, Codification Committee, Arts and Culture Committee and Negotiation Committee for SNDA.  He was also Commissioner of the Housing Authority of the Seminole Nation, Seminole Nation Development Authority Trustee, Tribal Liaison to the Congressional Code Talkers Medal the United States Mint and was selected by the General Council to be a speaker on behalf of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma before the District Court of the United States in Washington, D.C.

Johnson was a part of the authorship of many service oriented legislative laws during his tenure as council representative, and he is convinced that there are better days on the horizon.

“I believe unity leads to strength and power, but with power come responsibility,” says Johnson.

“We as Seminole people have a unique governmental structure in which our constitution gives us the right to direct our destiny.  We have the voice and power to hold our tribal officials accountable for the advancement and the betterment of the people through continual program growth and establishment of a diversified master plan for economic prosperity, which will lead to job opportunities.”

“This will take a unified cooperative commitment from the Band Chiefs, General Council Members, Principal Chief, Assistant Chief and the economic development entities of the Nation; we must obtain a clear vision and establish a diversified economic strategy that will present short, mid and long term goals and objectives. To achieve this we will need to gather around the table of reason!”

Johnson previously worked at the Seminole Nation Museum for nearly twenty years, where he was selected to several fellowships with the Smithsonian Institution and specialized in Native Preservation Programs. He has been featured in documentaries on Southeastern Native History televised on the Discovery Channel, PBS and 60 minutes on CBS.  Johnson worked for seven years in the tourism industry in South Florida and most recently as a Records Management Specialist for the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma prior to being elected Assistant Chief in August of 2013.  He is also an ordained minister and serves as Associate Pastor of Indian Nations Baptist Church in Seminole.

Johnson believes there is a continual process in paving the pathway to progress. So many individuals have been a part of the journey, including all the past leaders of the tribe and every tribal member currently active or not. The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma is the only traditional form of government, of all the Oklahoma tribes, that still remains intact. It is a system that promotes participation, which is the right and privilege of the Seminole members.

Providing a sustainable culture and economy goes hand in hand with each other, The responsibility of continuing it relies on every generation and especially those of us given the opportunity to lead.