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Cherokee Nation chief candidate David Walkingstick fights to stay in race
Cherokee Nation chief candidate David Walkingstick fights to stay in race (May 20, 2019)

Citizens of the Cherokee Nation are choosing a new leader in less than two weeks.


Bill John Baker wins re-election as leader of Cherokee Nation
Bill John Baker wins re-election as leader of Cherokee Nation (June 29, 2015)

The incumbent chief secured 52.66 percent of the vote, easily beating three other challengers.


Cherokee Nation chief faces at least four challengers in election
Cherokee Nation chief faces at least four challengers in election (February 27, 2015)

The election takes place June 27 and a run-off, if necessary, will be held July 25.


Cherokee Nation court backs workers who lost jobs after election
Cherokee Nation court backs workers who lost jobs after election (December 16, 2014)

A group of employees went to court when they were fired by new Chief Bill John Baker.


Chad Smith: No cronyism during my tenure at Cherokee Nation
Chad Smith: No cronyism during my tenure at Cherokee Nation (July 30, 2013)

Chad Smith, a former chief of the Cherokee Nation, disputes claims of tribal corruption during his administration:


Campaign: How Bill John Baker won Cherokee Nation election
Campaign: How Bill John Baker won Cherokee Nation election (February 6, 2012)

"The race to head the Cherokee Nation isn’t typically a contest favorable to the use of more traditional campaign techniques—new media, direct mail and phones. So the question for our...


Steve Russell: Move the Cherokee Nation forward again
Steve Russell: Move the Cherokee Nation forward again (October 26, 2011)

"After multiple recounts and one court-ordered do-over, Bill John Baker has defeated incumbent Chad Smith to become the new Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. No doubt citizens of other...


Kenneth Cooper:  Cherokee Freedmen awaiting   new era
Kenneth Cooper: Cherokee Freedmen awaiting new era (October 26, 2011)

"Like other descendants of Cherokee Freedmen, ancestors who were once the tribe's slaves, I am cheered that longtime Chief Chad Smith lost the recent election. Smith has crusaded against the...


Editorial: Cherokee Nation    moving forward with new chief
Editorial: Cherokee Nation moving forward with new chief (October 24, 2011)

"The election for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation is over — finally. Incumbent Chad Smith has exhausted a final appeal and conceded the election to challenger Bill John Baker....


Bill John Baker sworn in as new leader  of Cherokee Nation
Bill John Baker sworn in as new leader of Cherokee Nation (October 20, 2011)

Bill John Baker was sworn in as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma on Wednesday evening. Baker scheduled the impromptu ceremony after the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court...


Cherokee Nation Supreme Court weighs appeal in election
Cherokee Nation Supreme Court weighs appeal in election (October 19, 2011)

The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court has until Thursday to decide whether to accept an appeal from Chad Smith, who lost his re-election bid for principal chief. Smith lost to Bill...


Opinion: Carter Center observes Cherokee Nation election
Opinion: Carter Center observes Cherokee Nation election (October 19, 2011)

"The Cherokee Nation had difficulty electing its principal chief, so much so that members called in the Carter Center to observe the most recent vote and judge whether it was...


Ousted Cherokee Nation leader  files appeal over election
Ousted Cherokee Nation leader files appeal over election (October 18, 2011)

Chad Smith lost his re-election bid for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma but he's appealing the results. Smith lost to Bill John Baker by more than 1,500...


Bill John Baker  certified as winner of Cherokee Nation election
Bill John Baker certified as winner of Cherokee Nation election (October 13, 2011)

It's official -- Bill John Baker will be the new principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Following a three-day counting process, the Cherokee Nation Election Commission certified the...


Bill John Baker set to become new leader of Cherokee Nation
Bill John Baker set to become new leader of Cherokee Nation (October 12, 2011)

Bill John Baker has won election as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, according to unofficial results. The Cherokee Nation Election Commission on Wednesday said Baker received...


Cherokee Nation   without HUD funds amid Freedmen dispute
Cherokee Nation without HUD funds amid Freedmen dispute (October 11, 2011)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma still doesn't have access to $33 million in federal housing funds. The Obama administration blocked the release of the money after the tribe removed...


Cherokee Nation begins counting of ballots for principal chief
Cherokee Nation begins counting of ballots for principal chief (October 10, 2011)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma began counting ballots on Sunday in the second election for principal chief. As of 3pm yesterday, Bill John Baker received 6,223 votes compared to 4,046...


Cherokee Nation anticipates results of election by Wednesday
Cherokee Nation anticipates results of election by Wednesday (October 7, 2011)

Unofficial results of the Cherokee Nation election for principal chief probably won't be known until Wednesday, The Muskogee Phoenix reports. Ballots are being accepted until tomorrow under a court agreement...


Cherokee Nation seeing increase in turnout for second election
Cherokee Nation seeing increase in turnout for second election (October 5, 2011)

Members of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma continue to vote in a second election for principal chief. The results of the first election between Chad Smith, who was the incumbent,...


Cherokee Nation extends balloting in ongoing  Freedmen dispute
Cherokee Nation extends balloting in ongoing Freedmen dispute (September 28, 2011)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will extend balloting for the principal chief election in order to resolve an ongoing dispute with Freedmen descendants. The tribe missed two court-ordered deadlines to...


Cherokee Nation faces contempt order in Freedmen  vote dispute
Cherokee Nation faces contempt order in Freedmen vote dispute (September 27, 2011)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is facing a contempt of court citation for failing to notify Freedmen descendants of their citizenship and voting rights on time. Under an order issued...


Cherokee Nation sees  increase in turnout for second election
Cherokee Nation sees increase in turnout for second election (September 26, 2011)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma saw an increase in turnout for its second principal chief election. A total of 8,787 votes were cast on Saturday, up from about 8,000 in...


Results of Cherokee Nation principal chief vote due October 10
Results of Cherokee Nation principal chief vote due October 10 (September 23, 2011)

Members of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will vote on Saturday for principal chief but the results won't be known until October 10 at the earliest. Citizens can cast ballots...


Letter: Cherokee Freedmen dustup about sovereignty  not race
Letter: Cherokee Freedmen dustup about sovereignty not race (September 23, 2011)

"Bill John Baker says Chief Chad Smith caused this problem over the freedmen descendants. A Baker supporter, Councilwoman Fishinghawk, started the petition to vote on freedmen. In 2007, a majority...


Judge approves order for Freedmen vote in Cherokee election
Judge approves order for Freedmen vote in Cherokee election (September 22, 2011)

A federal judge on Wednesday approved an agreement to allow the Freedmen to vote in the Cherokee Nation principal chief election Saturday. The order from Judge Henry Kennedy states that...


Cherokee Nation allows Freedmen   to vote in Saturday's election
Cherokee Nation allows Freedmen to vote in Saturday's election (September 21, 2011)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma agreed to reinstate the Freedmen at a court hearing in Washington, D,C., on Tuesday. The Freedmen will be able to vote in Saturday's election for...


Letter: Campaign for chief of Cherokee Nation filled with lies
Letter: Campaign for chief of Cherokee Nation filled with lies (August 31, 2011)

"Over the past few months I have been gearing up for the election of officers of the Cherokee Nation. I want to say that without the “Truth Report” in the...


Critenden sworn in as  interim principal   chief of Cherokee Nation
Critenden sworn in as interim principal chief of Cherokee Nation (August 15, 2011)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma got a new leader on Sunday although this one won't be in office too long. Joe Crittenden was sworn in as deputy chief. But he...


Deputy chief of Cherokee Nation sets agenda as interim leader
Deputy chief of Cherokee Nation sets agenda as interim leader (August 12, 2011)

After he is sworn in as deputy chief this Sunday, Joe Crittendon will serve as interim chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma for about two months. As interim leader,...


Cherokee Nation to inaugurate Joe Crittenden as  deputy chief
Cherokee Nation to inaugurate Joe Crittenden as deputy chief (August 10, 2011)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will swear in Joe Crittenden as deputy chief this Sunday, August 14. Crittenden won the position in the tribe's June 25 election. But since the...


Travis Snell: Every vote does count in Cherokee Nation  election
Travis Snell: Every vote does count in Cherokee Nation election (August 4, 2011)

"I’ve seen the comments from a lot of you on Facebook and this website, at the bottom of the stories we’ve posted relating to the now-invalid principal chief’s race. Many...


Cherokee Nation schedules September 24 vote for principal chief
Cherokee Nation schedules September 24 vote for principal chief (August 1, 2011)

Members of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma who registered for the first principal chief election will get another chance to vote on September 24. Incumbent chief Chad Smith will once...


Cherokee Nation election commission delays action  on new vote
Cherokee Nation election commission delays action on new vote (July 27, 2011)

The election commission of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma won't set a new date for the principal chief election until the tribe's attorney general rules on three issues. The commission...


Cherokee Nation  to consider election laws after disputed vote
Cherokee Nation to consider election laws after disputed vote (July 26, 2011)

Leaders of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will meet on Friday to discuss the upcoming special election for principal chief. The tribe's Supreme Court threw out the results of the...


Joe Crittenden  wins election as deputy chief  of Cherokee Nation
Joe Crittenden wins election as deputy chief of Cherokee Nation (July 25, 2011)

Joe Crittenden was certified as the winner of the deputy chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Crittenden defeated Chris Soap in a run-off on Saturday. Both candidates are sitting...


Cedric Sunray: Tribal leaders   no strangers to sex controversies
Cedric Sunray: Tribal leaders no strangers to sex controversies (July 25, 2011)

"Infidelity is a gateway to the acceptance of female marginalization in indigenous society. Time after time we see relationships maintained with the men who dominate their lives after reports of...


Supreme Court of Cherokee Nation  orders new election for chief
Supreme Court of Cherokee Nation orders new election for chief (July 21, 2011)

The Supreme Court of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has ordered a new election for principal chief. In a decision today, the court said it was "impossible to determine the...


Cherokee Nation Supreme Court to decide fate of disputed vote
Cherokee Nation Supreme Court to decide fate of disputed vote (July 20, 2011)

The Supreme Court of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is expected to issue a ruling by tomorrow that will determine the outcome of the principal chief's race. Incumbent Chad Smith...


Recount gives Chad Smith the edge in Cherokee Nation election
Recount gives Chad Smith the edge in Cherokee Nation election (July 18, 2011)

The drama continues in the principal chief's race for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. After a recount that took two days, incumbent Chad Smith says he's up by 5 votes....


Cherokee Nation's top court orders hand recount of all ballots
Cherokee Nation's top court orders hand recount of all ballots (July 13, 2011)

The Supreme Court of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma ordered a hand recount of all of the ballots that were cast in the principal chief's race. The court already ordered...


Cherokee Nation election chairman resigns amid dispute on vote
Cherokee Nation election chairman resigns amid dispute on vote (July 6, 2011)

The chairman of the Cherokee Nation election commission resigned on Tuesday amid growing controversy over the Oklahoma tribe's principal chief election. Roger Johnson said his reputation has been sullied in...


Bill John Baker 'certified' as winner of Cherokee Nation chief race
Bill John Baker 'certified' as winner of Cherokee Nation chief race (July 1, 2011)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has certified Bill John Baker as the winner of the principal chief's race. The tribe's election commission conducted a recount of the ballots. Baker...


Cherokee Nation expected to start recount for close chief's race
Cherokee Nation expected to start recount for close chief's race (June 30, 2011)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is expected to start a recount for the principal chief's race. According to the election commission, 15,211 people voted. Of those, 7,609 went to incumbent...


Cherokee Nation candidate seeks answers about election tally
Cherokee Nation candidate seeks answers about election tally (June 29, 2011)

Bill John Baker thought he won the race for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma when unofficial results gave him the win by 11 votes. But the...


Cherokee Nation   says Chad Smith won chief's race by 7 votes
Cherokee Nation says Chad Smith won chief's race by 7 votes (June 28, 2011)

It's looking like a big recount battle is looming for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. On Sunday, unofficial results put Bill John Baker in the principal chief's position by 11...


Cherokee Nation elects new leader by slim margin of 11 votes
Cherokee Nation elects new leader by slim margin of 11 votes (June 27, 2011)

Members of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma elected Bill John Baker as principal chief, according to unofficial results. Baker defeated incumbent Chad Smith by just 11 votes. The tally was...


Candidates for leader of Cherokee Nation   raise nearly $417K
Candidates for leader of Cherokee Nation raise nearly $417K (June 24, 2011)

The two candidates for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma have raised nearly $417,000 for their campaigns. Incumbent Chad Smith reported $244,649.86 in donations on his May 16...


Cherokee Nation headed to   polls on Saturday to choose chief
Cherokee Nation headed to polls on Saturday to choose chief (June 21, 2011)

Members of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma head to the polls on Saturday to vote for principal chief. Incumbent Chad Smith is seeking a fourth term. He is facing a...


Cherokee Nation releases plane logs but costs not reported
Cherokee Nation releases plane logs but costs not reported (June 15, 2011)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has released travel logs for the tribe's official plane but costs of the trips haven't been reported. The Cherokee Phoenix posted the logs, which go...


Pat Ragsdale: Chad Smith the right choice for Cherokee chief
Pat Ragsdale: Chad Smith the right choice for Cherokee chief (June 15, 2011)

"The Cherokee Nation is stronger than ever under the leadership of Principal Chief Chad Smith. Within the United States of America, the Cherokee Nation has progressed and risen to be...


Candidates for chief of  Cherokee Nation   debate the  issues
Candidates for chief of Cherokee Nation debate the issues (June 7, 2011)

The two candidates for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma participated in a debate on Monday night. Incumbent Chad Smith is seeking a third term in office. He...


Opinion: Re-elect Chad Smith as leader of Cherokee   Nation
Opinion: Re-elect Chad Smith as leader of Cherokee Nation (June 1, 2011)

"District 3 Tribal Councilors, David Thornton Sr., Don Garvin and Janelle Lattimore Fullbright are asking for you to cast your vote for Chief Chad Smith and Chris Soap on June...


Cherokee Nation chief criticized for ads touting achievements
Cherokee Nation chief criticized for ads touting achievements (March 24, 2011)

Some Cherokee Nation council members say Chief Chad Smith wasted tribal funds on advertisements that touted his administration's achievements. The tribe spent around $46,000 to place three- to four-page ads...