Tahlequah, OK – New election for Cherokee chief set for Sept. 24
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) The head of one of the nation's largest American Indian tribes has scheduled a new election for principal chief for Sept. 24.
The Cherokee Supreme Court ordered a new election after deciding it was impossible to determine with any certainty who won a June 25 election between Principal Chief Chad Smith and longtime councilman Bill John Baker. As chief, Smith set the date for a new election.
Oklahoma City, OK – The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that low-interest loans are available for small non-farm businesses affected by severe weather in 73 Oklahoma counties.
SBA Disaster Field Operations Center Director Alfred Judd said in a news release Friday that the loans are intended to offset economic losses since Jan. 1. The SBA says the losses were due to the combined effects of drought, wildfires, excessive heat, excessive rain, flooding, tornadoes, lightning, high winds, hail, blizzards and freezes.
Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett plans to veto the proposed city charter changes. The proposal would change the current strong-mayor form of government to a city manager chosen by the council. Bartlett says these changes are not in the best interest of the people and is unneeded.
The changes would also increase salaries for the council from $18,000 to $34,000 a year and increase council term limits.