Local & Regional
Fri September 7, 2012
Lawsuit Over Tribal Redistricting
Some of the Cherokee Nation tribal councilors have filed a lawsuit. It challenges the new redistricting lines for the council.
The suit, in Cherokee Nation court, claims the newly redrawn districts favor certain councilors.
A court judgment, earlier this year, required the boundary changes to a one-councilor-per-district map. There would be 15 districts.
When the boundaries were approved, earlier this summer, 10 councilors favored 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.