First Chief in five decades to do so
Principal Chief Michell Hicks won Thursday's election of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians with 2,124 votes to secure his third four-year term as Chief of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. He is only the second individual to serve three terms in the Tribe's history.
Hicks beat out his challenger, Patrick Lambert, by a narrow 135 votes. Write-in candidate, Susan Toineeta, received 80 votes overall.
Lambert, who serves as the executive director of the Cherokee Tribal Gaming Commission, first ran against Hicks in the 2007 election, where he lost by a mere 13 votes.