Oklahoma tribal chief impeached over financial improprieties

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Posted: May 25, 2016 2:34 PM

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma tribal chief has been impeached after he faced questions regarding the use of his tribe's finances.

The Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/1Tznnz7 ) reports that the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians' Tribal Council voted 8-3 to impeach Principal Chief George Wickliffe on Tuesday.

Tribe Treasurer Ella Mae Worley had filed three charges of impeachment against Wickliffe earlier this month, citing financial improprieties.

Wickliffe was also accused of violating the tribe's constitution by restricting Worley and her predecessor from having full access to the tribe's financial records and shuttered casino.

The vote also bans Wickliffe from holding an elected office or appointed position within the tribe.

Wickliffe has seven days to file an appeal with the tribe's judiciary. He did not speak to reporters after the hearing.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com