Hicks, Sneed to face off in September General Election

Former Principal Chief Michell Hicks dominated the field in today’s Primary Election race for the office of principal chief, according to unofficial results pulling in 41.7% of the vote in a field of six and leaving incumbent Richard Sneed a distant second with 21.3% of the vote.

Referenda on cannabis, mixed drinks considered for Cherokee

During Tribal Council Thursday, June 1, the body will consider resolutions seeking to legalize cannabis use for adults 21 and older and to allow mixed drinks to be served at “qualified establishments” on tribal land.

Proposal aims to replace Cherokee constitution adoption with Charter amendments

Visions of leadership: Principal chief candidates debate the issues

Six vie to be Cherokee’s next principal chief

II In the most heavily contested race on the ballot in this year’s Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians election, six people are seeking a four-year term as the tribe’s top executive. The diverse field in the race for principal chief includes experienced politicians, political newcomers and a range in between. During the Primary Election Thursday, June 1, voters will whittle the field down to two, with the highest vote-getters facing off in the General Election Thursday, Sept. 7.

Yellowhill Tribal Council candidates share their vision

FF Five candidates are running to earn a seat representing Yellowhill on Tribal Council 2023-2025, and the Primary Election Thursday, June 1, will send four of them on to compete in the Sept. 7 General Election. The two highest vote-getters there will win a two-year term on the tribe’s legislative body.

Birdtown Tribal Council candidates share their vision

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Wolfetown Tribal Council candidates share their vision

Painttown Tribal Council candidates share their vision

Six candidates are hoping to earn one of two seats up for election in this year’s race for Painttown Tribal Council, offering voters a diverse set of education, experience and policy priorities.  

‘For the people, by the people’: Cherokee to vote on proposed constitution

Tears, hugs and applause exploded through the Tribal Council chambers April 6 when the body unanimously passed a resolution placing a tribal constitution on the ballot for the Sept. 7 General Election.

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