The Sac and Fox Nation currently has an enrollment of over 3,000 people, with a jurisidictional area covering all or parts of Pottawatomie, Lincoln and Payne counties. The administrative staff aids the elected Business Committee in operating efficiently and effectively over a wide range of responsibilities.
The Business Committee
• George Thurman, Principal Chief
George Thurman was elected to serve as the Principal Chief of the Sac and Fox Nation on August 25, 2007 and was installed to this office September 14, 2007. Prior to this position, he served as Tribal Secretary from 2000 – 2007, first being appointed by the Business Committee in a unanimous decision to fulfill the remainder of the previous administrative term and then being elected to two terms in 2001 and 2005.
Thurman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University. He is a member of Shawnee First Indian Baptist Church and resides in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He is a member of the Thunder Clan.
Thurman has two children, Kristin and Shawn. He also has two granddaughters Aliyah and Brooke, and one grandson Tristen.
Thurman currently serves as Chairman / United Indian Nations of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas (UINOKT); Vice Chairman / Secretary of the Self Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium Board, Washington D.C.; NCAI Area Vice-President Southern Plains; member of the National Indian Education Association; Head Start: Central Tribes Shawnee Area, Board Member, Shawnee, OK; Secretary of Inter-Tribal Monitoring Association Board, Albuquerque, NM; Self Governance Advisory Committee Southern Plains alternate for Department of Interior (SGAC/DOI) and Indian Health Service(SGAC/IHS). Member: Tribal Advisory Committee to Indian Law and Order Commission (ILOC),
Orvena Gregory, Second Chief
Jared King, Treasurer