(born February 9, 1952) is the current Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. First elected in October 2011, Baker defeated three-term incumbent Chief Chad Smith. Jouzapavicius, Justin. "Cherokee Nation: Challenger wins chief election." Associated Press. 11 Oct (retrieved 12 Oct 2011) Prior to his election as Chief, Baker served 12 years on the Cherokee Tribal Council. In 1999, Baker unsuccessfully ran for Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
[UPI.com] - S. Joe Crittenden of Stilwell was sworn in Sunday as deputy chief and will act as temporary principal chief until a winner is declared in the principal chief's race between former principal Chief Chad Smith and Tribal Council member Bill John Baker
[Native Times] - Incumbent Chief Chad Smith and challenger Bill John Baker have resumed sending out emails and mailers to registered Cherokee voters, encouraging them to vote or send in absentee ballot requests by Aug 12, the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/qUAwkW
[Cherokee Phoenix] - By BILL JOHN BAKER Tribal Councilor Wado to everyone who participated in June's election. The energy and passion of the Cherokee people never ceases to amaze me. We've proven the Cherokee people are ready to take back our Nation and move from good to
[Cherokee Phoenix] - On June 26, the day after the general election, challenger Bill John Baker unofficially led with votes to incumbent Chad Smith's votes – a difference of 11. However, on June 27, when the Election Commission certified the results
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker meets with President Barack Obama TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee […] Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Attorney General Todd Hembree met with President Barack Obama to discuss a matter
[Indian Country Today Media Network.com] - The new election date hopes to name either Smith or challenger Bill John Baker as chief of the Nation. “Having this election in the next two months will allow Cherokees to put the controversy of erased and whited out ballots in the past