Sunday, September 02, 2012

Sale of King Air C90B for $1.5 million: Cherokee Nation united, 'strong,' chief says in annual address

TAHLEQUAH - Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker began Saturday's State of the Nation address with a call for unity.

Last Labor Day weekend, the traditional date of the Cherokee National Holiday, there was uncertainty over who would become chief. Finally, on Oct. 19, Baker took the oath of office after a long battle with former Principal Chief Chad Smith that featured court proceedings and two elections.

On Saturday, Baker told those who gathered in the Tahlequah Sequoyah High School gymnasium that the earlier division has healed and that the tribal government "is strong because the Cherokee people are strong."

"Cherokees across the world are unified and stronger than ever," he said.

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