“My focus will be addressing the real, daily challenges faced by Chickasaw Nation employees and Chickasaw citizens, no matter where they live,” Johnson said.
Johnson said his community is his immediate and Chickasaw families and his civic responsibilities are to Chickasaw citizens. When he is not at work, he can be found at traditional Chickasaw events, cooking and serving pashofa with his dad, laughing with children or listening intently to an adult or elder.
Johnson’s tribal heritage is strong. His parents are Sampson and Lucille Harjo Johnson. Johnson’s Chickasaw heritage comes from his father, Sampson, who is full-blood Chickasaw. Johnson’s Seminole and Creek heritage comes from his mother, Lucille.
“Being raised in a Native American home by parents who passed on traditional ways and values has equipped me with a real understanding of our culture, traditions and all things we hold sacred,” he said.
Johnson’s grandparents were Ebatamby “Eddie” and Ethel Gipson Johnson; and his great-grandparents were Scott and Tamena Johnson. Scott Johnson was an original full-blood enrollee with the Chickasaw Nation.
Johnson’s tribal heritage is passed to his three sons and six grandchildren.
“I will apply my working knowledge of tribal government and my understanding of our culture in service to you.
“It would be my honor to serve our people by cherishing the wisdom of our ancestors while taking our place in the 21st century.
“I share your concerns and values. With your vote of support, I will be accessible and will listen to you. Then, I will speak up for you,” he said.
“Chokmaishki, (Thank you)”