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Chad Smith re-elected as Cherokee Nation chief

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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2003

Chad Smith was re-elected principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, the second-largest tribe in the United States.

Smith received about 52 percent of votes cast, according to news accounts. He defeated three others, including former chief Joe Byrd, who had 39 percent of the vote.

Smith told The Native American Times that he wants to focus on "retaining our language, developing jobs and helping to build a strong Cherokee community."

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Smith ready to return to work as Chief of the Cherokee Nation (The Native American Times 5/26)
Cherokee chief wins re-election (The Daily Oklahoman 5/26)
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Relevant Links:
Cherokee Nation - http://www.cherokee.org

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