Cherokee Chief Calls For Strengthening Tribe’s FOIA

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker opened the monthly Tribal Council meeting last week with a call for more transparency in government and strengthening of the tribe’s Freedom of Information Act, according to a tribe news release.

A Tribal Council work group will review potential changes to the law, then share its findings at the council’s Rules Committee meeting on May 28.

Baker said as a Tribal Council member he voted three times to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act. “Only four months into my tenure as principal chief, I had the privilege of signing into law even more protections for FOIA. The Cherokee Nation has always been a beacon of progress among all tribal nations, and we should continue to be a leader in all areas, including transparency,” Baker stated in the release. Continue>>>