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Cherokee Councilors File Suit (Sep 07, 2012)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Several Cherokee Nation tribal councilors have filed a lawsuit challenging new redistricting lines approved this summer.

The Tulsa World reports that the suit was filed Wednesday in Cherokee Nation court. It claims that the newly redrawn districts favor certain councilors.

An earlier court judgment required the redistricting to change the Cherokee Nation council districts from a five-district map with three councilors per district to a one-councilor-per-district map with 15 districts.

The lawsuit says 10 councilors supported the new district lines and seven opposed them.

Councilors who voted for the approved map say the map was legally drawn based on population and that alternative maps should have been brought forward when the council discussed the issue in July.

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