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Candidate for Cherokee Nation chief campaigns


Kansas University law professor Stacy Leeds plans to travel the country as part of her campaign to lead the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Leeds, the first woman to serve on the Cherokee Nation's highest court, is basing her campaign in Oklahoma. But she'll be visiting Cherokees in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and other states in hopes of getting their votes.

She'll be facing incumbent Principal Chief Chad Smith and other candidates in the June 23 election. Smith was sworn in to his second term in office in 2003.

Leeds says she wants to pay closer attention to the $350 million the tribe spends every year. "There's still a lot of people who don't have health care, scholarships or housing to the level that we could provide for them," she tells The Lawrence Journal-World.

Get the Story:
Law professor makes case for Cherokee Nation post (The Lawrence Journal-World 2/5)

Relevant Links:
Cherokee Nation - http://www.cherokee.org

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