OKGazette: Cherokee Freedmen file for injunction – by Ben Fenwick

The freedmen were removed from the Cherokee tribe in March by a vote in which only 3 percent of the tribe voted. Velie told OklahomaGazette that Principal Chief Chad Smith removed the freedmen because he believed they would vote against him in elections.

(emphasis added is my own)

Also this story makes some very interesting connections between disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramhoff and Smith.