Monday, December 23, 2013

Black Cherokee Freedmen Hater/Abuser Chad Smith Announces Candidacy for Cherokee Nations Principal Chief

Losing to the current principal chief two years ago, Chad Smith announced this morning that he will run for his old job in the 2015 Cherokee Nation elections.
It sets up a rematch between Smith and Bill John Baker, who took office in 2011 after an election that included four recounts, a federal intervention and a re-vote.
“Some will say that it is best that I not run because of those who oppose me,” Smith said this morning during a press conference at the Tulsa Press Club downtown. “I say I run because of those who support me.

Of Baker’s term as principal chief, Smith said it is “promises made, promises broken. The Cherokee people have had enough.”

Serving three terms as chief between 1999 and 2011, Smith opposed voting rights for Cherokee freedmen, the descendants of former slaves. And he led a successful campaign in 2007 to pass a tribal constitutional amendment to exclude them from voting.

But he lost a re-election after federal authorities pressured the tribe to have a second election, counting the freedmen votes.
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