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First name: Mary Baker photo
Last name: Shaw
E-mail: mary-shaw@cherokee.org
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P.O. Box 140550
Broken Arrow, OK 74014
Cell 918-630-4000

I am Mary Baker Shaw, daughter of retired Tribal Councilman Amon Baker and I am descended from the Cherokee Nation’s oldest families. My family can be traced back to Greater Tellico of the Cherokee Overhill settlement in Tennessee as a direct descendant of Old Corn Tassel. My lineage includes family names such as Fields, Emory, Martin, Fox, Thompson, Cowan and Gritts. My family came as Old Settlers one year before removal, and my ancestors settled at Gooseneck Bend, which still holds fond memories for me from my childhood. I’m a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Oklahoma Cherokee County Chapter as a direct descendant of Cherokee Beloved Woman, Nancy Ward.

As a Cherokee Nation Citizen, I have served my tribe and Indian Country my entire life. Both of my Cherokee parents, Amon Baker and the late Jean Thompson Baker, of Tahlequah, taught the value of service to my sisters, Wynona, Waleah, Noma and me. If you are from the Tahlequah area or attended Sequoyah Indian Boarding School, you would likely have known my incredible grandfather, Tommy Thompson, whose name still adorns the Sequoyah High School Football field. My grandfather served as an inspiration for me, my family, and an entire generation of American Indians.

After receiving my nursing degree from Bacone College in 1974, I studied nursing anesthesia at the Mayo Clinic. Upon my return to Oklahoma, I accepted the Director of Surgery position at Doctor’s Hospital in Tulsa. Prior to being elected to the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, I served as the Business Manager for University Heights Medical Clinic in Muskogee, OK. My deep commitment to Indian Country includes sitting on the Board of Trustees at Bacone College, the oldest Native American institution of higher learning in Oklahoma. I am a member of the Tulsa Community College Foundation Board, the largest community college in the U.S., serving Native Americans, where I advocate for our Native students’ education and career preparedness. I serve the American Indian Resource Center for Tulsa City-County Public Libraries to provide regular culture and education programming for Cherokees and our broader Native community. Additionally, I am a member of the Tulsa Cherokee Community Organization, which has served At-Large Cherokees for more than 20 years.

In the past, I served on the Cherokee National Historical Society Board of Directors, Salvation Army Board of Directors, the March of Dimes Board of Directors, the Tulsa Opera Board and Guild, Advocates to The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, and The Oklahoma Educational Foundation of Osteopathic Medicine Board of Directors.

Currently, I serve as Chair of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Health Committee, as well as the greater Tulsa community through the Advisory Board of the Signature Symphony.