Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Chad Smith announced Thursday that he will run for re-election that office. He has served as Principal Chief since 1999.
"We are building an economy in northeastern Oklahoma, creating jobs in our local communities and keeping our culture strong," Smith said. "We are maturing as a nation, and as a people, and there's still a lot of work to do as we prepare the next generation of Cherokees. I want to finish what we've started."
Chris Soap, a Tribal Council Member from Pryor, is Smith's running mate.
The announcement was made at the Tulsa Press Club.