Council supports Cherokee’s nomination to U.S. court
6/25/2010 7:22:38 AM
Senior Reporter

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Tribal Council passed a resolution at its June meeting supporting the prospective nomination of Cherokee Nation citizen Keith Harper to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Harper would replace Oklahoman Robert Henry, who resigned from the Denver-based court to accept Oklahoma City University’s president’s position. 

Council Speaker Meredith Frailey said the appointment is significant to the CN.

“He would be the first Native American to serve on an appellate court,” she said. “He has a vast amount of experience advocating for Native Americans. Harper is stellar candidate and his credentials are outstanding.”

In a May 30 editorial in The Oklahoman, Principal Chief Chad Smith said Harper could be the first American Indian ever nominated to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“However, I fully expect that Harper, as a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, will not be assigned cases that our tribe may have before the 10th Circuit, should he be nominated and confirmed,” Smith wrote. • (918) 207-3825
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