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United Keetoowah Band Assistant Chief Charles Locust walks on






The late Charles Locust. Photo from United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians

Charles Locust, the assistant chief of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, died on Saturday. He was 57.

Locust passed away at Stilwell Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness, the tribe said in a press release.

Visitation will take place tomorrow, with funeral services to be held on Wednesday.

Locust was first elected to the UKB council in 2005. He won re-election in 2012.

He was active in Indian affairs in Oklahoma and with the National Congress of American Indians.