Constitution proposed for Cherokee

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Cherokee voters will have the chance to give their nation a long-awaited constitution if Tribal Council approves a referendum question proposed for the September ballot. 

“Right now we don’t have a constitution. We have a charter, and a charter is for an organization, a corporation or something of that nature,” said Lloyd Arneach, leader of a working group that has spent the past two years developing a proposed constitution. “A constitution is for a government, and for the tribe to continue to operate in the future, we need to be on even footing as a government-to-government relationship with state government, with county government, with federal government.”

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Kays, Holly. "Constitution proposed for Cherokee." Smokey Mountain News. February 20, 2019. https://smokymountainnews.com/news/item/26415-constitution-proposed-for…