OKMULGEE, Oklahoma - An effort to force the Muscogee Creek Nation's chief out of office fails to meet the deadline.

Chief George Tiger said tribal citizens only had until 5:00 Monday night to file a petition calling for his impeachment.

Back in March they starting gathering signatures after questions about a casino deal with another tribe.

In a release, Chief Tiger said:

“If there was even an inkling of any wrongdoing, I wouldn't have made my announcement for reelection. I'm very humbled and grateful for the outpouring of encouragement I have received from hundreds of Muscogee (Creek) citizens. And it should be noted that every principal chief who preceded me went through a petition. It's a sign of our healthy and active exercise of our tribal constitution at work and it also demonstrates that our citizens have a voice in our government.

“My administration and I will continue to work to advance our Nation as we grow and unify for the betterment of our Nation and our people, because that is the Mvskoke Way!”