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Cherokee Court Vetoes Agreement on Freedmen Vote (Oct 11, 2011)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Cherokee Nation's Supreme Court has stricken a deal brokered last month to allow descendants of slaves once owned by the Oklahoma tribe's members to vote for its principal chief.

The ruling filed Tuesday by the tribe's high court comes hours before results were scheduled to be announced in the special election.

It is unclear what bearing the ruling will have on the contest's outcome in which hundreds of the descendants, known as freedmen, were figured to have voted.

Last month, the tribe's acting chief and attorney general agreed to a deal with attorneys for the freedmen that extended balloting until Oct. 8 so the freedmen could be allowed to vote.

The Cherokee Election Commission said it planned to release initial results of the contest later Tuesday.


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