Cherokee justice group files lawsuit for return of pay raises for former leadership
A shake up in the Eastern Band of Cherokee came yesterday when a group called the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for Justice & Accountability (EBCIJA) filed suit in Tribal Court. The group is seeking to have a resolution overturned that was passed by the last Tribal Council giving themselves significant pay raises. EBCIJA alleges that the resolution violates the Cherokee Code and was therefore an illegal action under tribal law. Not only does the suit say the pay raises were illegal, it accuses the former Chief and Vice Chief of conspiring to draft and pass the allegedly illegal resolution.
The legal challenge came just one day after the new Tribal Council was seated on Oct. 5. In the hotly contested elections, 8 of the 13 members who voted for the resolution in question lost reelection to the council.