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Critics claimed the suggested raises for elected officials' salaries were too steep.
Jodie Fishinghawk, who was a Dist. 8 candidate, was accused of forging signatures on voter registration forms and absentee ballot requests.
The attorney general's office claims David Walkingstick worked with Cherokees for Change LLC to illegally funnel donations into his campaign.
TAHLEQUAH -- The Cherokee Nation Election Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to grant a continuance of the hearing into allegations of electoral fraud by Dist. 8 Tribal Council candidate Jodie Fishinhawk. The hearing was rescheduled for 9 a.m. on May 23 in the EC meeting room.
TAHLEQUAH � Cherokee Nation's election commission set a hearing date of 9 a.m. May 17 to address complaints lodged against principal chief candidate David Walkingstick. The commission's unanimous vote on May 10 was made following two hours behind closed doors with its attorney, and came a day after Attorney General Todd Hembree turned over an investigative memorandum related the complaints that allege Walkingstick violated CN election law.
TAHLEQUAH � The Chuck Hoskin, Jr. and Bryan Warner campaign has been asked by the attorney general and election officials for more specific financial reporting in several categories. The request was prompted by complaints from Cherokee Nation citizens Adam Shepard and Douglas Shepard filed April 26. "A review of the financial disclosure of your campaign lists several itemizations of 'miscellaneous' expenses to Cherokee Future, LLC," Attorney General Todd Hembree wrote in a May 7 letter to the Hoskin campaign. "There are rounded figures that amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. I am requesting that the campaign amend its financial report to state with specificity, how these funds were spent according to the following categories listed on the financial disclosure report: advertisements, printing, compensation, office expenses, travel, food and miscellaneous. Please have this amendment to the election commission within five days of this letter."
TAHLEQUAH � Cherokee Nation Dist. 8 candidate Jodie Fishinghawk, a former eight-year tribal councilor, faces potential disqualification after tribal authorities accused her of forgery. A May 8 investigative memo from Attorney General Todd Hembree alleges Fishinghawk and an accomplice forged signatures on voter registration forms and absentee ballot requests.