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Bill John Baker

Executive chairman, Cherokee Nation Businesses

In order to address rural Oklahoma’s physician shortage, Baker helped forge the country’s first tribally affiliated medical school. In collaboration with Oklahoma State University, the osteopathic school welcomed its inaugural class of students in fall 2021. Previously, Baker served as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, where he worked to improve health care across Indian Country. He left office in 2019 after the maximum two terms, taking on his current role as executive chairman of Cherokee Nation Businesses, the conglomerate that manages and develops many tribal businesses.

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  • Tahlequah, OK


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