Chadwick "Corntassel" Smith (Cherokee name Ugista:ᎤᎩᏍᏔ derived from Cherokee word for "Corntassel," Utsitsata:ᎤᏥᏣᏔ; born December 17, 1950 in Pontiac, Michigan) is the former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. He was first elected in 1999. Smith was re-elected to a second term as Chief in 2003 and a third term in June 2007 with 59% of the vote. He was defeated in his attempt to get elected to a fourth term in office by Bill John Baker 54% to 46% in the 2011 election. Prior to being elected Principal Chief, he worked as a lawyer for the tribe and privately.
09.07.2011 [NewsOK.com] - This time it's the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court that's taking up the matter in which the apparent winner of the race between incumbent ChadSmith and challenger Bill John Baker has changed at least twice. Instead of hanging chads, this election has
08.07.2011 [MiamiHerald.com] - Members of the Cherokee Nation election commission and a contractor hired to count ballots in its June 25 election for chief say an initial tally of ballots that showed the challenger defeating incumbent ChadSmith was in error.
07.07.2011 [Scoop.co.nz] - Principal Chief ChadSmith wants a machine recount. Smith lost the election after the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court upheld the election and certified Bill John Baker as the new principal chief on Thursday. Earlier, Baker was declared the winner in an
24.06.2011 [Muskogee Daily Phoenix] - This principle has been profoundly demonstrated in the Cherokee Nation, since Chief ChadSmith, took the helm. He is a leader who had and has Great Vision, for our future. We have been brought from the brink of our government being in a “perishing
26.06.2011 [The Associated Press] - Longtime councilman Bill John Baker unseated three-term incumbent ChadSmith and will be sworn in as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation on Aug. 14. The tribe has nearly 300000 members, making it one of the biggest in the nation and the largest in
30.06.2011 [The Associated Press] - (AP) — A recount in the contentious Cherokee Nation principal chief election showed challenger Bill John Baker beat incumbent ChadSmith by 266 votes, both camps said late Thursday. The Cherokee Nation Election Commission didn't immediately return