The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina will go to the polls on Thursday.
incumbent Principal Chief Michell Hicks is facing a challenge from Patrick Lambert.
incumbent Vice Chief Larry Blythe's opponent is Teresa McCoy
Hicks says he wants to improve the tribe's school system and pursue more economic projects.
Lambert wants to improve services for tribal members.
All 12 council seats are also up for grabs.
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Tribe readies for key vote
(The Asheville Citizen-Times 9/4)
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians - http://www.cherokee-nc.com
Band of Cherokee Indians, site 2 - http://www.nc-cherokee.com
Band of Cherokee Indians, unofficial - http://www.easternband.com
Eastern Band candidates debate as election nears