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Cherokees to Try Again to Determine Who's Chief (Jul 15, 2011)

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Election commissioners for Oklahoma's largest Indian tribe will try again to determine who it will inaugurate as chief next month.

Results from the Cherokee Nation's election have been tied up since the vote was conducted June 25. Incumbent Chad Smith and challenger Bill John Baker have been declared winners at different times. A recount ended with Baker up by 266 votes, but the tribe's highest court on Tuesday ordered another recount, which will begin Saturday in Tahlequah.

There are about 300,000 Cherokees, making it Oklahoma's largest tribe and one of the nation's biggest. The winner will administer a $600 million annual budget.

Smith says a number of ballots weren't counted. Baker argued Cherokee law prohibited another recount, but after visiting Election Commission offices justices ordered another count by hand.

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