By Morgan Taylor, Reporter
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – The Muscogee (Creek) Nation welcomes new cabinet member Tracie Revis as Chief of Staff.
Revis has worked for the tribe in various capacities starting with an internship with the MCN National Council during her time in law school. After graduating law school, Revis clerked for the MCN National Council.
“A Chief of Staff is the gatekeeper between the Executive Branch and everyone else,” Revis said. “Right now, my capacity will involve two roles as Chief of Staff and somewhat the Tribal Administrator.”
As Chief of Staff, Revis is responsible for pushing full agendas in the legislative meetings, is a member of the cabinet and advising the Chief.
As a Tribal Administrator, Revis oversees different departments which include IT, Human Resources, and Facilities.
Revis is citizen of the MCN and has Uchee heritage and grew up in Tulsa, OK.
“Growing up I was always told go out into the world and get your education and come back,” Revis said. “My generation is some of the first to be non-boarding school kids and to have opportunities to have another type of life.”
“After traveling from D.C. to California and back from California, I am bringing back home the experiences I learned,” Revis said.
Through travels and experiences, Revis says she has always worked in Indian Country until recently.
“I worked in a different setting to see if I could learn new ways of leaderships and innovation to bring back to my tribe, especially during this pandemic to look at how we can do business differently,” Revis said. “Its an opportunity to see how we can stretch our creative thinking powers, be better more innovative about technology, different roles and positions, trainings, and whatever we can do and things that I hope I can bring back.”
Stepping into this position during the middle of the pandemic has been somewhat nerve-racking Revis claims.
“I was in California monitoring everything going on and seeing the communities and community members that were impacted, it was a scary thought coming back home,” Revis said. “But for me, it was an opportunity to come back and be smart about it by masking up and bringing that public awareness wherever I can go.”
Revis is assured that the MCN citizens and staff can be confident with her in position.
“One thing I can say is I understand Indian Country,” Revis said. “I grew up traditional, I grew up on my ceremonial grounds, so I come with that part and the ambition that wants to be the best. I think that comes from training, making sure we give our staff the best opportunities and the tools to take an honest look sometimes at what everybody is doing that we step back and see the full picture and asses the problem.”
Revis started her new position on Dec. 9 after being confirmed in the prior MCN National Council meeting.
Mvskoke Media welcomes and congratulates Revis on her new position.