Charles Head, 63, died Wednesday in a car accident. The loss of the Cherokee secretary of state is being mourned by Cherokee Nation.
“Words cannot express how saddened we are at the passing of Secretary of State Charles Head. Charles has been a dear friend of mine for many, many years. My heart goes out to his family and many loved ones, including his wife Frances, his children and grandchildren” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Charles was a Cherokee statesman and ambassador for all of Indian Country. He was devoted to serving and working for the betterment of Native people, first through a long career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and most recently as our Secretary of State. He was an invaluable part of my administration, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”
Head began serving as Secretary of State in January 2012.
A press release from Cherokee Nation said that Head, a Cherokee citizen, protected tribal interests. He also loved music, playing with his grandchildren and enjoyed speaking to Cherokee youth about the importance as a tribe to build strong relationships, recently attending a Teen Youth Summit in Fort Gibson.
“It’s a great loss, institutional knowledge that will be hard to replace. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family,” said Speaker of the Tribal Council Tina Glory-Jordan. “He was a good Cherokee man who had a heart for the people.”