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Four Former Cherokee Employees Sue Baker (Feb 08, 2012)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Four former employees of the Cherokee Nation are suing the tribe's chief for wrongful termination, alleging they were let go because they supported the chief's political opponent in last year's election.

The lawsuit was filed in Cherokee Nation district court last week against Chief Bill John Baker by ex-employees Felicia Olaya, Sammye Rusco, Rachel McAlvain and Paula Ragsdale.

The women claim that immediately after Baker's inauguration last fall - when he assured Cherokee employees they should not fear for their jobs - they were placed on administrative leave and later asked to turn in their keys and equipment.

The women supported former Chief Chad Smith in his failed reelection bid last fall. Smith is the attorney representing the women.

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