Cherrah Giles, new Board Chair for NIWRC Board of Directors

Cherrah-GilesCherrah Giles is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) and of Cherokee descent. She is Fuswvlke (Bird) Clan and from Rekackv (Broken Arrow) Tribal Town. She served over 10 years on the Muscogee (Creek) National Council where she had been the youngest female elected to the National Council to-date and first female elected as Second Speaker.

Cherrah received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Oklahoma and currently works for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation as Secretary of the Department of the Community & Human Services, overseeing twelve of the Nations service programs. Cherrah currently serves on the Board of Directors for Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless and Iron Gate Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. She is co-founder of the Mvskoke Women’s Leadership, member of All Tribes Community Church, Tulsa Indian Club, Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women, Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa and Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations. In 2014, Cherrah was named an “Unsung Hero” by The Mary Kay Foundation for her leadership in and advocacy for domestic violence awareness.

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Cherrah represents Region 7 for NIWRC

Cherrah has striven to be a positive and effective leader throughout her service to her tribal citizens. As a mother of four children and professional social worker, she views her leadership responsibilities to her Nation and community as an extension of her role as a parent and career woman. Cherrah believes in being accessible, visible, and active with her family and her greater Indian community with equal importance and attention. Cherrah lives in Jenks with her husband Justin and her children, Tafv, E’tya, Russell and Ridge.