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 Chad Smith and challenger Bill John Baker has changed at least twice. Instead of hanging chads, this election has
07.07.2011 [Scoop.co.nz] - Principal Chief Chad Smith 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
17.06.2011 [News On 6] - Principal Chief Chad Smith and Cherokee Nation Entertainment Chief Executive Officer David Stewart were on hand for the event. The casino will expand from its current 11500 square foot modular structure to a 31000 square foot permanent structure.