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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council has passed an act that requires specific Cherokee Nation executive positions to be held by enrolled tribal citizens.

The council approved the measure Monday on a 9-8 vote.

The positions are general counsel, chief of staff, communications director, government relations director and chief executive officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has been named the director of the Indian Affairs Office of Budget Management in Washington D.C.

Thomas Thompson was selected for the post by acting Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Donald Laverdure.

Thompson is currently the senior advisor to the area director of the Indian Health Service in Phoenix, Arizona.

Laverdure said in a statement that Thompson will help find efficient and cost-effective ways to provide services in Indian Country.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit against several Oklahoma tribes, claiming their payday loan companies are operating illegally.

The commission filed the complaint Monday against payday loan firms operated by the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma. The complaint alleges that the companies would make repeated small withdrawals from customers' accounts — while charging a fee each time. According to The Oklahoman, one customer was charged $675 in fees to pay off a $300 loan.