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Cherokee Chief Calls Special Election On Indian Blood Requirement

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) _ Cherokee Nation officials say Chief Chad Smith has decided to have a special election in February to determine whether non-Indians should be excluded from tribal membership.

The Supreme Court of the Cherokee Nation determined Thursday that a citizen's petition requiring that tribal members have American Indian ancestry has enough signatures to go to a vote of the people.

Historic tribal rolls that now determine membership also include some non-Indians.

In March, the Cherokee Nation's highest court reversed a previous decision and ruled that the tribe's Constitution allowed citizenship for non-Indian descendents. Those descendents were listed on the historic rolls of the Cherokee Nation.

The special election will be February 10th.
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