Former Cherokee Nation Chief Considers Congress

Wednesday, March 21st 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City) -- A former principal chief of the Cherokee Nation now has an exploratory committee as he considers running for the First Congressional District seat.

Ross Swimmer filed incorporation papers yesterday and says he'll announce within 30 days whether he'll seek the Republican nomination.

Swimmer is one of several people, including Oklahoma first lady Cathy Keating, who have openly expressed interest in the seat.

Incumbent U-S Representative Steve Largent says he intends to run for governor next year.

Swimmer was principal chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1975 to 1985 and served as head of the U-S Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Reagan administration.