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Abramoff Scandal | Politics
Cherokee Nation chief took money from Abramoff


Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith accepted a $1,500 campaign contribution from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, The Oklahoma Gazette reports.

Smith took the money in 2002, when he was running for re-election. The following year, Cherokee Nation enterprises hired Abramoff and paid his firm about $120,000, according to Senate records.

Smith is running again this year. He has faced criticism for supporting a referendum that denied tribal citizenship to the Freedmen, the descendants of African slaves.

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Oklahoma Cherokee chief calls Abramoff accusations ‘desperate’ (The Oklahoma Gazette 4/11)
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Sovereign Immunity Court Decision:
Vann v. Kempthorne (December 19, 2006)

Jim Cason Letter:
Cherokee Nation Constitution (August 30, 2006)

Cherokee Nation Judicial Appeals Tribunal Decision in Freedmen Case:
Allen v. Cherokee Nation (March 7, 2006)

Relevant Links:
Cherokee Nation - http://www.cherokee.org
Freedmen Of The Five Civilized Tribes - http://www.freedmen5tribes.com
Freedmen Conference - http://www.freedmenconference.com

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