Creek Election Day

Okmulgee, OK – Oklahoma tribe to pick new principal chief

(Information in the following story is from: Tulsa World,

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) Muscogee Creek Nation members will head to the polls this weekend to pick a new leader.

George Tiger and Mike Flud will be vying Saturday to succeed Chief A.D. Ellis, who decided not to seek re-election.

The Tulsa World reports that Ellis isn't endorsing Tiger or Flud, the top vote recipients in the Sept. 17 primary election.

Flud served as Ellis' chief of staff and is a former Muscogee Nation Supreme Court justice. Tiger is a 14-year member of the tribe's National Council who lost to Ellis in the 2007 principal chief election.

Voters also will select a second chief and six National Council members.

The Muscogee Creek Nation is based in Okmulgee, about 35 miles south of Tulsa. The tribe's website says it has 71,651 enrolled members.