by Leslee Kulba
Wild West blogger
The new tribal council in Cherokee is suing the former administration. The new group alleges the old group illegally voted themselves raises. Tribal law allows the council to approve raises, but they don’t go into effect until after the next election. Then principal chief Michell Hicks said the pay increases weren’t raises, but adjustments compensating leadership for years when their positions were overlooked in tribal-wide raises. The issue is ongoing, but it is supposed to have gained traction with the new regime.